Amazon drivers have revealed that they urinate in bottles and break speed limits, sometimes working longer than 11 hours, to meet delivery goals – Daily Mail reports.
Asked to drop off up to 200 packages a day, the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency has vowed to investigate after drivers complained about the conditions they faced whilst delivering packages.
The drivers, seven of whom are being represented by a legal firm, claim that agencies used by Amazon are mistreating them.
While Amazon does not employ the drivers directly, the drivers, who are recruited through agencies, work via an Amazon app and follow delivery routes made by the company.
One worker told The Sunday Mirror: “Amazon sent an email to all managers to try to stop drivers carrying bottles filled with urine. The security guards were reporting people for it.”
Furthermore, drivers are returning home after their 9PM deadline in hopes of handing packages to their owners who weren’t home earlier.
And, some drivers claim they work up to 12 or 14 hours daily, earning just £103 each day while paying £200 a week for van hire and insurance.
One driver, 50, said he took home only £160 one week after paying for van costs and fuel, which he is reimbursed for later.
An Amazon spokesman told the Sunday Mirror: “'We are committed to ensuring that the people contracted by our independent delivery providers are fairly compensated, treated with respect, follow all applicable laws and driving regulations and drive safely.”
However, this isn’t the only worker mistreatment issue that Amazon is contending with. Last week HR Grapevine reported on how an Amazon worker left a ‘help me’ note in a package for a customer.
Whilst, an undercover exposé found that conditions at the Amazon warehouse were lambasted as “dystopian”.