We recommend that Amazon provide an independent audit of the working conditions and treatment that Amazon warehouse workers face. This will ultimately force Amazon to take concrete action to improve the working conditions and treatment imposed upon its warehouse workers in a meaningful way.
While Amazon purportedly strives to be the “Earth’s Best Employer” and “Earth’s Safest Place to Work”, there have been continuing reports of its employees being subjugated to unsafe working conditions and unfair treatment on a global scale, including its warehouse workers.
In late 2018, Amazon increased the minimum wage of its employees to $15 an hour in the US . Critics argue that the wage increase was in response to negative reports surrounding the treatment and working conditions of its warehouse workers. However, further reports note that with the increased minimum wage came the slashing of bonuses, leaving some warehouse workers worse off; the minimum wage increase barely impacted Amazon’s fourth-quarter operating costs of $68.6 billion that year.