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Email or Username. Show Hide Password. Log in without password NEW! Business of Medicine Navigate the complex business, legal, and ethical arenas towards building and maintaining a successful medical practice. And then there's "Les", who is one of our trainers. He has a special, coloured lanyard that shows he's an Amazon "ambassador", and another that says he's a first aider.
He's worked at the warehouse for more than a year and over the course of the week I see him, speeding across the floor, going at least twice the rate I'm managing.
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He's in his 60s and tells me how he lost two stone in the first two months he worked there from all the walking. We were told when we applied for the jobs that we may walk up to 15 miles a shift. He'd been a senior manager in the same firm for 32 years before he was made redundant and landed up here.
How long was it before you got a permanent job, I ask him. Permanent employees have blue ones, a better hourly rate, and after two years share options, and there is a subtle apartheid at work. You can be working alongside someone in the same job, but they're stable and you're just cannon fodder. I worked there from September to February and on Christmas Eve an agency rep with a clipboard stood by the exit and said: 'You're back after Christmas.
And you're back. And you're not.
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You're not. It reminded me of stories about the great depression, where men would stand at the factory gate in the hope of being selected for a few days' labour. You just feel you have no personal value at all. Why haven't they given you a proper job, I ask Les, and he shrugs his head but elsewhere people mutter: it's friends of the managers who get the jobs.
It's HR picking names at random. It's some sort of black magic nobody understands. Walking off shift in a great wave of orange high-vis vests, I chat to another man in his 60s. He'd been working in the Unity mine, near Neath, he told me, until a month ago, the second time he'd been laid off in two years. He'd worked at Amazon last Christmas too.
And I couldn't have worked any harder! I worked my socks off! When I put the question to Amazon, it responded: "A small number of seasonal associates have been with us for an extended period of time and we are keen to retain those individuals in order that we can provide them with a permanent role when one becomes available. We were able to create 2, full-time permanent positions for seasonal associates in by taking advantage of Christmas seasonality to find great permanent employees but, unfortunately, we simply cannot retain 15, seasonal employees.
And this is what Amazon says about its policy relating to sickness: "Amazon is a company in growth and we offer a high level of security for all our associates. Like many companies, we employ a system to record employee attendance. We consider and review all personal circumstances in relation to any attendance issues and we would not dismiss anyone for being ill. The current systems used to record employee attendance is fair and predictable and has resulted in dismissals of 11 permanent employees out of a workforce of over 5, permanent employees in There's no doubt that it is hard, physical work.
The Panorama documentary majored on the miles that Adam walked, the blisters he suffered, the ridiculous targets, and the fact that you're monitored by an Orwellian handset every second of every shift. But lots of jobs involve hard, physical work. That's not the thing that bothers people. Almost everybody remains stoical in the face of physical discomfort and exhaustion. And they're Welsh: there's a warmth and friendliness from almost everyone who works there. My team leader is no corporate droid.
He started on the shop floor, sounds like Richard Burton, and is gently encouraging.
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And yet. They pay shit because they can. Because there's no other jobs out there. Trust me, I know, I tried. I worked for Sony before and they were strict but fair. It's the unfairness that gets you here. An unfairness that has no outlet.
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In the wake of the BBC documentary, Hywel Francis, the MP for Aberavon, managed to get a meeting last week with Amazon's director of public policy, a meeting he's been trying to get for years. He's reluctant to speak about the complaints he's heard from his constituents but says that "the plant is exceptional in the local area in having no union representation.
It's been a long haul to even get in there and find out what is going on. On my third morning, at my lowest point, when my energy has run out and my spirits are low, it takes me six minutes to walk to the airport-style scanners, where I spend a minute being frisked.
I queue a minute for the loos, get a banana out of my locker, sit down for 30 seconds, and then I get up and walk the six minutes back to my station. To work at Amazon is to spend your days at the coalface of consumerism. To witness our lust for stuff. The celebrity chef cookbooks incense me. They don't even bother taking them out of the boxes.
They lie in great EU butter mountain-sized piles at the ends of the aisle.
Cook an egg on the telly and it's like being given a licence to print money for all eternity. The vast majority of people working in the warehouse are white, Welsh, working class, but I train with a man who's not called Sammy, and who isn't an asylum seeker from Sudan, but another country, and I spend an afternoon explaining to him what the scanner means when it tells him to look for a Good Boy Luxury Dog Stocking or a Gastric Mind Band hypnosis CD. It's the Barbie Doll girl's Christmas advent calendar, however, that nearly breaks me.
I traipse back and forth to section F, where I slice open a box, take another Barbie advent calendar, unpick the box and put it on the recycling pile, put the calendar, which has been shipped from China, passed from the container port to a third-party distributor and from there to the Amazon warehouse, on to my trolley and pass it to the packers, where it will be repackaged in a different box and finally reach its ultimate destination: the joy in a small child's heart. Because nothing captures the magic of Christmas more than a picture of a pneumatic blonde carrying multiple shopping bags.
We want cheap stuff. And we want to order it from our armchairs. And we want it to be delivered to our doors. And it's Amazon that has worked out how to do this.
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