British Amazon workers are urging the online commerce giant to stop forcing them to work at a ‘superhuman pace’.

Amazon drivers and warehouse workers in the UK have urged the online trading giant to stop forcing them to work at a “superhuman pace”.

An open letter signed by 135 workers, pleads with the company to “throw out unscrupulous targets” and stop “constant surveillance.”

With Prime Day making them work harder than ever, they said, “Working at the Amazon warehouse is very stressful today. Even the tools we use, such as scanners, track us.

“We are always worried about how many seconds we have left to pick up a package. We can’t even see all the targets you’re tracking, and we can’t know if our work is safe. We try to keep up, but it tires people out.”

Martha Dark, director of the Foxglove legal group, which helps Amazon employees, said: “Everyone loves sales, but Prime Day is one of the most dangerous times of the year for Amazon employees.

“The workers suffered at this inhuman pace. It’s not worth risking people’s lives for cheap toasters and TVs.”

Amazon drivers and warehouse workers in the UK have urged the online trading giant to stop forcing them to work at a “superhuman pace”.

It was reported last year that ambulances have been called to the firm's fulfillment centers nearly 1,000 times since 2018, including 178 calls to its facility in Tilbury, Essex (pictured).

It was reported last year that ambulances have been called to the firm’s fulfillment centers nearly 1,000 times since 2018, including 178 calls to its facility in Tilbury, Essex (pictured).

Amazon may run out of US warehouse staff by 2024

Amazon could run out of new people to hire by 2024 as the company burns its entire warehouse workforce every year due to grueling shifts, a leaked internal document says.

The document, first reported by Recode, includes the words: “If we continue business as usual, by 2024 Amazon will deplete the available workforce on the US network.”

The document was published internally in 2021.

According to Recode, an Amazon spokesperson has not denied its authenticity.

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With nine out of ten UK shoppers using Amazon, the company’s UK sales have risen from £3bn to nearly £27bn in a decade.

Around 33,000 people currently work in warehouse and logistics.

The pandemic has only boosted online shopping, with more than half (55%) of shoppers saying Amazon was indispensable during the lockdown in 2020.

But employees have described how the pressure placed on them to deliver such goals has turned them into “slaves” and robots.

It was reported last year that ambulances have been called to the firm’s “fulfilment centers” almost 1,000 times since 2018, including 178 calls to its facility in Tilbury, Essex.

One Amazon worker who works at Amazon’s Midlands site described how they were “unfairly” punished due to a recurring health problem.

They claimed that they had to keep coming to work when they were not feeling well, because one day off would extend the sanctions and lead to new disciplinary problems.

Speaking to the Daily Mail on condition of anonymity, they said: “It made me feel worthless for talking about my illness at all, as it only made things worse.”

“I felt like a robot, a slave who had no choice but to come to work just to survive.

In 2020, there were 5.9 serious injuries for every 100 Amazon warehouse employees, nearly double the rate at non-Amazon warehouses.

In 2020, there were 5.9 serious injuries for every 100 Amazon warehouse employees, nearly double the rate at non-Amazon warehouses.

“A company needs to be fairer to its employees and treat them with respect and not just as numbers if it ever wants to change its image in the public eye.”

Last week it was announced that the company was under investigation by the UK competition watchdog for actions that could have resulted in millions of UK customers being offered worse terms.

Officials are investigating allegations that the company prioritizes its own sellers over independent competitors and whether it is using sales data it receives from thousands of UK companies using the market to make its own offerings more competitive.

The Competition and Markets Authority said it was vital that the company operate in a fair market.

Ms. Dark said, “Amazon needs to fix this. They need to stop surveillance, remove unfair targets, and respect “workers’ right to unionize now.”

With Prime Day making them work harder than ever, they said, “Working at the Amazon warehouse is very stressful today.  Even the tools we use, like scanners, track us.

With Prime Day making them work harder than ever, they said, “Working at the Amazon warehouse is very stressful today. Even the tools we use, like scanners, track us.”

An Amazon spokesperson said: “We pride ourselves on the safe and modern working environment that our teams work in even on Prime Day, and indeed, every day of the year, the safety of our employees is our number one priority.”

“In fact, Amazon has 40% fewer injuries on average compared to other transport and warehousing businesses in the UK.

“Like most companies, we have a system in place that recognizes high performance and also encourages coaching to help employees get better if they don’t reach their goals.

“Performance metrics are regularly assessed and built against benchmarks based on employees’ actual achievable performance history.

“We look at the performance that employees set naturally and then set benchmarks with a focus on safety.”