New Delhi, Aug 12: Facing flak for the alleged inhumane treatment meted out to its warehouse workers across the globe, particularly in the United States, the India arm of e-commerce giant Amazon seemingly intends to mark a contradiction. The company's India unit chief, Amit Agarwal, has asked his employees to maintain "work-life harmony".
Agarwal, in an official note of communication to the Amazon India workforce, categorically ruled out against the provision of working overtime. The Country Head of Amazon said the employees should receive no calls, messages or emails post the working-hours.
"No business decision should be made between 6 pm and 8 am," Agarwal was reported as saying in the communique by Business Standard. The appeal to avoid working overtime comes at a time when the Amazon is accused of making its workers in the United States slog for 13-14 hours per day.
According to American Senator Bernie Sanders, certain warehouses of the company even denies a break to employees to visit the washrooms. "Some workers are asked to urinate in pouches," said Sanders, who has launched a campaign against the alleged inhumane conditions meted out to the Amazon employees.
The purported plight of Amazon workers comes at a time when its chief executive officer Jeff Bezos surpassed Bill Gates last year to become the world's richest person. His net worth crossed the $100-billion mark in November 2017.
"We are living in times of such inequality where a person has more than a dozen bathrooms in his multi-floor luxury home, but his employees are denied even 5 minutes to visit the washroom, even as they slog for more than 12 hours a day," said Sanders, who is considered among the probables to challenge US President Donald Trump in 2020.