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An average of 200 ambulances a year get called to this Amazon warehouse

Something's gotta be going wrong, says the union

A union has argued that the number of ambulances being called to Amazon warehouses every year is evidence of poor working conditions.

What it means: How do you measure safety and wellbeing at work? There are lots of ways: you could look at wages, rest times, holiday and benefit plans, worker satisfaction surveys.

GMB, the union, has come up with its own measure, and Amazon's not happy with it. 600 ambulances were called to Amazon's warehouses in the last three years, compared to 8 times to a nearby Tesco warehouse with a similar number of employees.

To GMB, that's evidence of dangerous and unhealthy working conditions at Amazon – they say they're treating their staff like 'robots'.

Unsurprisingly, Amazon thinks this is unfair – they say ambulances are being called for personal health reasons, rather than work related accidents. But a survey of GMB members working at this warehouse said 4 out of 5 suffered pain from their workload, with one pregnant woman told to stand for 10 hours straight.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

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