Amazon apologized for sending a tweet denying workers being forced to urinate in bottles.
The company apologized in a blog post on Friday night for a tweet he sent to a US congressman denying that his employees work so hard they have to urinate in empty water bottles.
He admitted that some delivery drivers did and pledged to improve working conditions.
The issue was first raised on March 24 by Wisconsin representative Mark Pocan, who responded to a tweet from an Amazon executive claiming the company was a progressive workplace.
“Paying workers $ 15 / hr doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you go bankrupt and force workers to urinate in water bottles,” Pocan wrote.
Amazon replied, “You don’t really believe in the pee in the bottles thing, do you? If that were true, no one would work for us.”
In the blog post, Amazon apologized to Mr Pocan and acknowledged that delivery drivers “can and do struggle to find toilets due to traffic or sometimes rural roads.”
The online shopping giant said COVID-19[female[feminine made the problem worse, as many public toilets are closed.
“Sigh,” Pocan said in a tweet sent Saturday morning.
“It’s not about me, it’s about your workers – whom you don’t treat with enough respect or dignity.”
Amazon wrote in its blog post that urinating in bottles is an industry-wide problem. In an attempt to prove his point, he shared links to news articles about drivers from other delivery companies who had to do the same.
“Regardless of whether it is industry wide, we would like to resolve it,” the company said. “We don’t know how yet, but will look for solutions.”
Amazon’s treatment of workers has been a hot topic recently as it faces the biggest union push in its history at an Alabama warehouse.
Organizers are asking for more break time and better pay, and many complain about 10-hour workdays that include two 30-minute breaks.
Seattle-based Amazon did not respond to a request for comment when approached by Reuters news agency.