The British Guild of Trade (GMB) has put the practices of Amazon's work on Christmas with an online spoof like "Whack a Mole".
The game requires players to click on the packets when they float, which becomes gradual and impossible to keep up with. You can run "Workers not Robots" yourself by clicking here.
Sometimes, light up messages like "toilet break time – actually … here's a bottle, there's no time to rest here". This is a reference to a report by British journalist James Worthworth, who claims to have found a bottle of urine while working inside a warehouse in the Amazon. The Amazon has opposed false Blodworth reports.
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The game is especially aimed at CEO and the richest man in the world Jeff Bezos. At some point, a caricature of him shows that "the player picks faster!"
Finally, the player is informed that he has been detained in an ambulance. This is a reference to a report released by the GMB in May, after FOI's request for ambulance services in the UK revealed that over the past three years, 600 ambulances had been recalled to 14 Amazon warehouses.
Compare GMB emergency callouts between one Amazon warehouse in Rugeley, near Birmingham, with a similarly sized supermarket distribution center with staff nearby. There were 115 callout ambulances to the Amazon warehouse, compared to eight for supermarkets.
As a gift, the game asks the player to show Bezos by sharing the website with friends, and if they buy anything from Amazon, leave the product comments asking Bezos to identify GMB.
The union was critical of working conditions in the Amazon. There have been numerous protests from the Amazon warehouses, including protests that coincided with warehouse workers' strikes across Europe on Black Friday.
In response to the game, a spokeswoman for Amazon said:
"We love an application as much as we use it next time – but the only robots in our buildings are helping our valued customers who are very appreciative to customers." If you want to see what really works within our investigation centers, Take a tour.
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