Anyone looking for a little temporary work over Christmas might want to steer well clear of online retail leviathan Amazon. An undercover journalist from the Sunday Times reported that staff in the warehouse in Bedfordshire are required to work five days a week with an obligatory night shift on Saturdays, effectively meaning they’re labouring all week long.
The plus side is that it does mean there’s a good chance all our Christmas presents will make it in time but it does give me nasty flashbacks of all the awful jobs I’ve had in the past. Check this, workers are not allowed sick leave even if they have a note from their doctor. Harsh but reminiscent of a certain telesales company I had the misfortune to work for once.
Before I go any further, I’d probably best point out that the picture above is not of Amazon workers, well, not as far as I know. Those ones at least have the luxury of a seat whereas Amazon drones are required to pack 140 Xboxes every hour to hit their target.
The “package”, which I doubt includes dental, is £6.30 per hour with transport to and from the warehouse costing a further £8.50 each day.
To be fair to Amazon, all their employees know what they’re getting themselves in for from day one. I just hope they find their own way to scrape together a few fringe benefits on the side.
So, crap jobs. Which have you had and how bad were they? Let me know in the comments. It’s got to be telesales pushing crappy 1.3-megajunk BT Fusion phones for minimum wage for me, and having to wear a tie while I was doing it. What’s yours?
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