Amazon’s much-awaited 2020 Prime Day is over!
But some problems have started for the American e-commerce giant. As reported by Bloomberg, the online bigwig had reinstated warehouse productivity quotas in the run up to the Prime Day.
And all this despite Amazon having told the US court back in July 2020 that it would restrain from disciplining its workers if they fall short on quotas for how many tasks they completed every hour.
Back then, Amazon had also assured the court that it would not penalise any of its workers for spending time on safety measures like washing hands under its ‘Time Off Task’ policy.
Time Off Task policy tracks and restricts number of unproductive minutes Amazon workers have every day.
In an ongoing court filing by company workers, it is claimed that Amazon’s oppressive and dangerous policies have not only violated public nuisance laws, but also increased the risk of COVID-19 spread.
While the workers have, reportedly, said that their well-being took a backseat – during the Prime Day rush – when it came to shipping to customers’ orders, Amazon has said that workers’ safety has always been its top priority.
A company spokesperson has said that all of Amazon’s measures continue to give extra time to workers to wash hands and clean their work stations, as and when needed.
Watch this space for what’s the next development!