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Drivers are being asked to deliver up to 200 parcels a day for Amazon while earning less than the minimum wage, a Sunday Mirror investigation reveals today.
Van - Day - Driver - Experience - Pressures
I hopped in a white van to spend a day with one driver and experience first-hand the intolerable pressures they face from “impossible” schedules.
Many routinely exceed the legal maximum shift of 11 hours and finish their days dead on their feet.
Time - Food - Toilet - Stops - Meals
Yet they have so little time for food or toilet stops they snatch hurried meals on the run and urinate into plastic bottles they keep in their vans.
They say they often break speed limits to meet targets that take no account of delays such as ice, traffic jams or road closures.
Drivers - Amazon - Deliveries - Bags - Speed
Drivers making Amazon deliveries 'forced to poo in bags and break speed limits to meet targets'
Many claim they are employed in a way that means they have no rights to holiday or sickness pay.
Home - £160 - Week - Conditions - Lawyer
And some say they take home as little as £160 for a five-day week amid conditions described by one lawyer as “almost Dickensian”.
Our expose comes three weeks after a Sunday Mirror undercover probe highlighted life inside Amazon’s biggest European packing plant.
Driving - Vehicle - Standards - Agency - Drivers
Now the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency has vowed to investigate after drivers contacted them to complain about conditions.
And a legal firm which led the case against taxi giant Uber is also representing seven drivers who say agencies used by Amazon are mistreating them.
Factory - Workers - Christmas - Hours - Overtime
Factory workers making must-have Christmas toys 'driven to suicide after working up to 110 hours' overtime a month'
One solicitor last night branded the drivers’ plight “horrendous”.
Delivery - Giant - £7 - Year - Army
The delivery giant, which makes £7.3billion a year, does not employ them directly but uses an army of agencies instead. These agencies recruit drivers who work via an Amazon app and follow a delivery route set by the company.