Amazon staff walk 11 miles per shift
If we ignore Adam Littler's figuratively/literally mix-up, he wore a pedometer to work at a giant distribution centre so he could see what distance he covered during a 10-and-a-half hour night shift.
Apparently, he said he was expected to collect orders every 33 seconds and was subjected to “unbelievable” pressure to meet targets. He said: "You all literally work to the bone and there doesn't seem to be any reward or any let-up. I've never done a job like this before. The pressure's unbelievable."
Adam worked as a 'picker' at Amazon's huge 800,000sq ft warehouse in Swansea. There, pickers have to push a trolley around and fetch the items people have ordered online. Staff are given handheld scanners to let them know whether they're hitting their targets or not, as everyone is tracked by a GPS system. Staff are even tracked on toilet breaks while they're having a poo.
You may have seen Adam on BBC1's Panorama last night in a documentary which looked at working conditions at Amazon. Another employee at the warehouse in Rugeley said working for Amazon was like working in a "slave camp". Miss three targets and get three strikes, which means you're out.
Of course, Amazon deny many of these claims and said productivity targets were in-line with performance levels achieved by its workforce, with a spokesman saying: "The safety of our associates is our number one priority."
How far does your boss make you walk? Are you doing a paper round and all this seems like nothing? Are you a traffic warden who thinks Amazon staff should shut up? Or do you just think it'd be nice if Amazon paid some tax? Thoughts, as ever, in the comments.