A senior executive at Amazon.Inc on Friday has disputed the claims raised by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about the working conditions faced by people working in the company.
Ocasio-Cortez is a newly elected progressive Democrat and she has expressed her concerns over dehumanizing conditions being faced by Amazon workers, to which the senior executive described as untrue and also invited her to take a tour of company facilities.
Ocasio-Cortez also remained openly criticizing the Amazon of its plans to locate its second headquarters in a neighborhood of New York City which is near to her congressional district.
Based upon the claims made by a September Newsweek story, Ocasio-Cortez asked on Twitter that if it’s the Amazon’s culture of strict performance which is forcing its workers to urinate in bottles and work even in meal breaks to meets the assigned targets, then such performance should not be come at the cost of dehumanizing conditions.
Responding on Twitter, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations Dave Clark called untrue to those claims. He also admired the jobs at company and said that company provides its workers with excellent pay with a minimum wage of $15 per hour, benefits which start from the very first day of joining the organization and more of the other benefits including pre-paid education programs as Career Choice. He also invited her to take a tour of Amazon’s operations.
A spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.
To encourage the company for building its new headquarters in the city’s borough of Queens, the city and state of New York have to pay the Amazon $2.8 billion in incentives, and Ocasio-Cortez remained among the progressive New York Democrats who had strongly objected those incentives.
On Thursday, Amazon came out unexpectedly cancelling its plan of new headquarters in New York.