Seth King worked in an Amazon warehouse in Chesterfield, Virginia, for just two months last fall. But it was long enough for him to realize such “grueling, depressing” work conditions were bringing him to “the lowest point in my life.”
“You spend 10 hours on foot, there’s no windows in the place, and you’re not allowed to talk to people — there’s no interactions allowed,” King told Vox.
Plus, he added, the paycheck wasn’t even enough to cover his bills — he had to take a second job as a security guard to make enough money.
“I got a sense in no time at all that they work people to death, or until they get too tired to keep working,” he said. “After two months, I felt I couldn’t work there and maintain a healthy state of mind.”
King plans to speak out against Amazon Monday night in an event Sen. Bernie Sanders is organizing, CEOs vs. Workers Town Hall. King will join employees of Disney, McDonald’s, American Airlines, and Walmart to discuss the treatment of the companies’ workers.
And he’s not the only person criticizing Amazon. Amazon workers all across Europe are striking at warehouses. Shoppers are organizing boycotts.
Combined, these efforts are an attempt to draw attention to working conditions at Amazon on Prime Day — the annual shopping event that brings in more than $2 billion for the company. Amazon has come under fire for years over accusations of poor work conditions, and this year, employees all across Europe are determined to capitalize on publicity around Prime Day to push for change at their workplace.