Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, yesterday joined a protest at Amazon’s major Rugeley depot in the West Midlands to highlight serious examples of poor working conditions.

Evidence from whistleblowers gathered by the GMB shows that at Rugeley alone there have been 115 ambulance call outs in the past three years. Far more than at a neighbouring Tesco warehouse which only had eight ambulances called out.

The GMB has called on Amazon for a meeting to discuss employees’ concerns and to recognise the GMB as their trade union. Yet Amazon has refused to do so.

Emma said, “I am appalled by the testimony of poor working conditions from workers at Rugeley. Amazon has serious questions to answer. I urge the company to meet with the GMB trade union to discuss the issues raised by employees and to recognise the GMB.

“Whistle-blowers at Rugeley report that they are penalised for going to the toilet and afraid to take time off sick. The fact that 600 ambulance calls have been made to Amazon warehouses in the United Kingdom over the last three years, including 115 here at Rugeley, shows that there is a serious problem with working conditions that needs to be urgently addressed.

“As one of the most successful companies in the world, Amazon can afford to treat its staff like human beings rather than robots. Yet time and again it appears to be failing the workers that it depends on for its success.”

You can view a video of Emma at the protest on her Facebook page.