Employees of the Amazon warehouse located in Saran (Loiret) contacted the RMC to alert them to the disastrous health conditions in which they were working. Amazon said it was “aware” of the situation.
Shredded parcels, the smell of urine, baby mice among the cashews. In Charran, near Orléans (Loiret), rodents have invaded the Amazon warehouse in the area, a logistics platform where parcels arrive directly to the online retailer’s customers.
Employees alerted several media outlets, including RMC, by sharing videos from inside the warehouse as evidence. In these documents, we can see mice emerging from the storage box, products scavenged by rodents and dead animals.
“The stench … it stinks very strongly. It’s unbearable, it’s unbearable,” described the employee, who wished to remain anonymous. With his moist eyes and his voice filled with intense emotion, we can easily guess the agony of returning to the warehouse every morning.
“We work with a lump in our stomach. Fear of being bitten, of getting sick, of getting viruses. Yes, we are mistreated and they don’t care,” explains Saran, an Amazon warehouse employee.
For this other employee, the discourse is similar. He also expresses the fear of falling in stool while working. “It hurts me, we work for the richest guy in the world, so we have to work for a clean company,” this employee criticizes.
Management has known for over a year
Jean Sylvère Guillon, a member of the company’s social and economic committee, explains that working conditions in the warehouse have indeed deteriorated, but there is a real risk for customers receiving affected goods.
“Products contaminated with urine, even rodent droppings…so it’s unlikely that customers will receive soiled products,” said Jean Silver Guillen, a member of Amazon’s social and economic team.
The management has been alerted for more than a year and a labor inspector came to inspect the premises last December. Since then, the traps have been stocked, the holes plugged… but not enough, according to Jean Silver Gillen. “We don’t see any change, they need to take more effective measures,” says a member of the company’s social and economic committee.
When contacted, Amazon management said that no defective package has been sent to RMC and that the rat extermination company has gone through several times. The North American delivery company says it is aware of the situation.
According to an employee, this problem is not new in Saran campus. He’s been going for three years, but he’s actually been officially known in the business for over a year.
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