Amazon workers suffer mental illness
November 26 , 2013
It's a good time of the year for Amazon, which would be hiring about 70,000 workers this season.
An undercover reporter for the BBC worked the night shift in one of Amazon's warehouses in the UK and discovered that the working conditions for employees are bad. "The characteristics of this type of job, the evidence shows increased risk of mental illness and physical illness," Michael Marmot said.
The 23-year-old undercover reporter worked as a "picketer" and his job was to retrieve and place items on a trolley that a handset would flag for him. The clock beeped if he took more than 33 seconds for one product. "I'm absolutely shattered," he said.
However, Amazon said the job of a "picketer" is common for many industries and "does not increase the risk of mental and physical illness."