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Protest At Amazon After 100 Ambulance Call Outs

Thursday, September 6, 2018

GMB PROTEST OUTSIDE AMAZON AFTER MORE THAN 100 AMBULANCE CALL OUTS FOR STRICKEN STAFF

Workers treated for major trauma, electrocution and convulsions while one woman suffered a miscarriage

GMB, the Amazon union, will protest today [September 6, 2018] outside the company’s gigantic Rugeley warehouse after more than a 100 ambulances had to be called out for stricken staff  - who say they are treated like robots.

GMB’s demonstration – which features Amazon robots and an ambulance [1] - will take place as follows:

Thursday September 6, 2018, at 4pm

Amazon UK Services Ltd

Tower Business Park

Power Station Rd

Rugeley

WS15 1LX

During the past three calendar years at Amazon’s Rugeley site, ambulances were called 115 times, including three for women due to pregnancy/maternity and three for major trauma. [2]

Other disturbing examples include electrocution, unconsciousness, the building being on fire and chest pains.

Meanwhile GMB members testimony reveals a woman in late pregnancy forced to stand for ten hours a day, another saying she suffered a miscarriage, and people working in constant agony. [Case study is available]

At a similar sized supermarket distribution warehouse a few miles away, there were just eight call outs during the same period. [2]

A recent meeting of MP’s into the Gig Economy was recently told by an Amazon worker about a woman who had a miscarriage as a result of the continuous pressure to work and hit targets. 34]

The woman in late pregnancy forced to stand, who asked, who asked to remain anonymous, said:

"When I found I was pregnant, I asked my manager to be transferred to a different department. I was told I could not be transferred and must continue picking, which involves bending, stretching and moving a heavy cart, and walking miles.

“After a while I told them I could not walk so many miles and I could not pick from low locations.  I had a meeting with a safety manager and was also told ‘it’s not what you want, it is what we decide’.

“My manager told me that most women are working on picking until their maternity leave.

“I know this is true, because I saw ladies with huge bumps picking."

Rebecca Mitchell, GMB Regional Organiser, said:

“The stories we here from inside Amazon Rugeley are nothing short of disgusting.

 “Hundreds of ambulance call outs, pregnant women telling us they are forced to stand for ten hours a day, pick, stow, stretch and bend, pull heavy carts and walk miles – we've even heard of a woman miscarrying at work.

“Amazon Rugeley must be one of the most dangerous places to work in Britain.

“Yet the company keep burying their head in the sand and claiming nothing is wrong  - even in the face of cast iron proof.

“We are here today to raise awareness of the terrible conditions Amazon force our members to work under.

“These issues need tackling and we're asking the company to meet with us to help improve the conditions for their workforce.”

Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington, said:

“A number of my constituents work at the Amazon site in Rugeley and some of the press stories of ambulance call-outs and worker mis-treatment at the warehouse are truly shocking.

“Amazon must hear the voice of its workforce.

“I urge Amazon to build a working relationship with the GMB based on formal recognition as that will be crucial to tackling issues and concerns in the workplace, in the mutual interest of employees and the employer.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press office 07958 156846 press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors

[1] Pictures of Amazon robots attached:

[2] West Midlands Ambulance Trust response to GMB Freedom of Information Act request for details of ambulance callouts to the Amazon Rugeley fulfilment centre and a comparator supermarket distribution site. The two sites are the same size (700,000 square feet) and are situated less than ten miles from each other.

(a) Amazon UK Services Ltd, Towers Business Park, Power Station Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 1LX

(b) Tesco Distribution Centre, Fradley Park, Halifax Ave, Lichfield, WS13 8NF

AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incident Count

 

 

 

Calendar year

 

 

 

Chief Complaint/Category

 

2015

 

2016

 

2017

 

Total

 

Abdo Pain

 

3

 

1

 

1

 

5

 

Abdominal Flank Pain Lower

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

Allergy

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

Back Pain Lower

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

3

 

 

Bleeding

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Breathing Problems

 

 

10

 

 

3

 

 

1

 

 

14

 

 

Building On Fire

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Chest Pain

 

 

13

 

 

7

 

 

4

 

 

24

 

 

Chest Pain Cardiac Back Pain pb

 

 

4

 

 

6

 

 

8

 

 

18

 

 

Collapse Breathing Normal

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Convulsions

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Diabetic Problems

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Electrocution Shock

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

Fall

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

Fire Persons Reported

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Fitting Now

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

3

 

 

Fitting within the last 12 hours

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

Generally Ill

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Headache

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

 

Maternity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

 

Medical Minor

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

4

 

 

Pregnancy

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Stroke Neurological

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Trauma

 

 

5

 

 

4

 

 

1

 

 

10

 

 

Trauma Major

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

 

Unconscious

 

 

1

 

 

4

 

 

3

 

 

8

 

 

Grand Total

 

 

49

 

 

38

 

 

28

 

 

115

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TESCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incident Count

 

 

Calendar year

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Complaint/Category

 

 

2015

 

 

2016

 

 

2017

 

 

Total

 

 

Breathing Problems

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

Collapse Breathing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Normal

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Diabetic Problems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

Fainting

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Fitting Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

Medical Minor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

Stroke Neurological

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Grand Total

 

 

3

 

 

1

 

 

4

 

 

8

 

 

[3] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/gig-economy-beis

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