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REUTERS: Amazon.com Inc. has apologized to US Representative Mark Pocan, admitting to having scored an “own goal” in his initial refusal of his suggestion that his drivers were sometimes forced to urinate in bottles during their trips. delivery rounds.

“We know that drivers can and have difficulty finding toilets due to traffic or sometimes rural roads, and this was particularly the case at Covid, when many public toilets were closed,” the company said. in a blog post https: // bit .ly / 2PnoLKr.

His admission came a week after the Democrat criticized Amazon’s working conditions, saying in a tweet: “Paying workers US $ 15 / hr doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you unionize. and that you urinate workers in water bottles.

Amazon initially issued a denial, saying in a tweet, “You don’t really believe in the wee in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, no one would work for us.” But he returned to these comments later.

“It was a personal goal, we are not satisfied with it and we have to apologize to representative Pocan,” Amazon said in its blog post, adding that its previous response was only to staff in its warehouses or centers. distribution.

The company said the issue is industry wide and will look for solutions, without specifying what they might be. Amazon’s apology comes at a time when workers at an Alabama warehouse await a vote count that could result in the online retailer’s first unionized installation in the United States and mark a watershed moment for unions .

Amazon has long discouraged attempts to organize among its more than 800,000 American employees. The allegations of many workers about a grueling or dangerous workplace have made organizing the company a key goal for the American labor movement.

(Reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru; Editing by David Holmes)

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