The world famous e-commerce company released an apology to US Democratic Representative Mark Pocan after the brand initially declined to the accusation.
It all started when the Wisconsin Representative tweeted the following statement in reference to Amazon’s opposition to efforts to unionise a major facility in Alabama:
Rather shockingly, here’s how Amazon’s official twitter handle replied to this tweet:
“You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us.”
After being criticised by the netizens for this tweet along with interviews of Amazon employees by several media houses, Amazon finally decided to issue an apology to Mark Pocan:
“We owe an apology to Representative Pocan,” Amazon said in a statement late Friday.
“The tweet was incorrect. It did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfillment centers,” each of which, it said, had dozens of restrooms that employees could use “at any time.”
Amazon continued: “We know that drivers can and do have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes, and this has been especially the case during Covid when many public restrooms have been closed.”
It described the problem as “a long-standing, industry-wide issue,” adding, “we would like to solve it.”
However, Pocan was still upset over the issue and stated in another tweet:
Workers at Amazon’s enormous processing facility in Bessemer, Alabama accomplished a vote Monday on whether or not to unionize — an initiative strongly resisted by the corporate. The end result has not been introduced.
Amazon has efficiently fended off unionization efforts elsewhere in the US, although most of its amenities in Europe are unionized.
The e-commerce giant insists its staff gets good pay and advantages by US requirements.