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Amazon’s CamperForce program exploits elderly workers 06 Nov 2017 09:29 #4798

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This is Happening Now in the USA; How soon before it gets here ?

Temp work past the age of retirement
Amazon’s CamperForce program exploits elderly workers
By Evan Blake
6 November 2017

Across the US, thousands of workers living in mobile homes—many of them in their 50s, 60s and 70s—have begun grueling, months-long temporary jobs at Amazon facilities as part of the company’s “CamperForce” program. Launched in 2008, CamperForce targets the growing population of elderly migrant workers that have been forced to live in mobile homes after losing their homes, retirement and life savings in the 2008 housing crisis and ensuing economic recession.
Currently, Amazon is accepting applications for CamperForce positions in Shephardsville and Hebron, Kentucky, with wages listed at $11 per hour and “up to $11.50” per hour, respectively. Both applications claim, “Associates will also be entitled, during the term of employment, to such paid time off, medical, and other employee benefits as the Company may offer from time to time, subject to applicable eligibility requirements.”
The poverty wages, paltry benefits that the company “may offer” and the highly unstable living and working conditions faced by these workers exposes the lie that there has been an economic “recovery” for the vast majority of the American population. Recent studies have found that all job growth in the US between 2005 and 2015 stems from temporary help agency workers, on-call workers, contract workers, and so-called independent contractors. This sub-class of highly-exploited and disposable workers have become a central pillar for companies such as Amazon, which announced last month that it intends to hire an estimated 120,000 temporary workers for its upcoming holiday season of peak sales.

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Amazon’s CamperForce program exploits elderly workers 07 Nov 2017 08:19 #4806

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It SICKENS me to read this, but at the same time dosent surprise me in that the TORY jobsworth party will likely try to implement this over here and encourage amazon to do so with vigour. :evil:

When they talk of jobs growth since 2008 its a bloody joke as them stats will apply to the uk and parts of EU, we have not only experienced a hammer blow of a recession caused by the greedy Bwankrs,but a tech revolution thats left millions in a dia situation with many more millions still yet to lose their jobs.

WORK ALWAYS PAYS, maybe if you live in a caravan right next door to amazon :whistle: :evil:

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