Thursday, September 22, 2011 Sweatshops: This Ain't Notting Hill

According to this exposé:
Workers said they were forced to endure brutal heat inside the sprawling warehouse and were pushed to work at a pace many could not sustain. Employees were frequently reprimanded regarding their productivity and threatened with termination, workers said. The consequences of not meeting work expectations were regularly on display, as employees lost their jobs and got escorted out of the warehouse. Such sights encouraged some workers to conceal pain and push through injury lest they get fired as well, workers said.

During summer heat waves, Amazon arranged to have paramedics parked in ambulances outside, ready to treat any workers who dehydrated or suffered other forms of heat stress.
There's a petition here, but surely a boycott would be more effective, especially if it included all those companies that have been outsourcing their Information Technology to Amazon's cloud.

This all seems rather a far cry from the world Hugh Grant's cute little bookstore in Notting Hill:

The real bookstore where the movie was set is closing...

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