John Oliver on Last Week Tonight exposes the horrible conditions in the warehouses that serve companies that seek to make speed of delivery the main selling point, because that results on demands on the workers who have to rush around to fulfill those orders. Amazon is of course the gorilla in the business, driving up the demands on its workers to the breaking point while at the same time fighting their efforts to unionize.
Amazon owner Jeff Bezos is basically gorging off the pain and misery of Amazon’s workers to make himself obscenely wealthy. While unions are great, you should not even need unions to stop this level of abuse. The government should set minimum standards for working conditions that would deal with it. Of course, the one-percenters will fight any regulations in order to preserve their ‘right’ to squeeze every cent of profit from workers, irrespective of the damage it does to their bodies and minds.
You should read some of the comments to the video from people who have worked in those warehouses and testify to the accuracy of Oliver’s depiction of the conditions.
Dave Clark, Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, was quick to respond, saying that Oliver’s piece was ‘insulting’ to Amazon workers. But while praising the workers, he did not challenge the facts of Oliver’s piece.