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The Amazon warehouse in San Fernando de Henares is seen during a 3-day walkout to demand better wages and working conditions, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. VOA

Employees at Amazon warehouses are infuriated at the company’s decision of implementing one-day delivery to Prime members, replacing the historical two-day programme.

Stuart Appelbaum, President of Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union at Amazon, said workers were already struggling to keep pace and handle 200 to 300 orders during a single 12-hour shift, the CNN reported on Friday.


In an earnings call earlier this week, Brian Olsavsky, Chief Financial Officer at Amazon, announced the plan saying that the company will be building most of this capacity throughout 2019 with the investment of $800 million in the process.

However, Appelbaum fears that speeding up deliveries could be dangerous for employees at the Amazon fulfilment centres.

Accusing Appelbaum of continuing to “spout falsehoods”, Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Amazon, said: “We appreciate his concern for our associates but his concern is misguided and self-serving.”

An Amazon spokesperson also said that workers do “not struggle to maintain” their workload and their lives were not at stake. “We have a very safe work environment,” the report quoted a company spokesperson as saying in an email.


The logo of Amazon, online retailer is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, France. VOA

Amazon already offers a selection of items that are eligible for free one-day shipping and it rolled out two-hour delivery in certain cities with its Prime Now service.

Now, Amazon says it wants to make one-day the standard for all Prime members, the report noted.

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This is not the first time that the ecommerce giant has been criticised by workers.

In April 2018, the company faced flak after it revealed the median pay for employees was $28,446 in 2017. Later in October, the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Amazon is one of the largest employers in America with 647,500 full-time and part-time workers as of December 31, 2018. (IANS)


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New Education Policy 2020

On the first day of the two-day meeting of BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders on Tuesday, discussions were held on important issues related to education and the National Education Policy-2020.

Apart from senior RSS leader Suresh Soni, representatives of various organisations associated with the Sangh Parivar -- working in the field of education -- were present in the meeting in New Delhi.

According to sources, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who attended the meeting on behalf of the government, shared information related to the National Education Policy-2020 and the government's policy on important issues related to the education sector. Pradhan also shared details of the efforts being made by the government in the field of education.

Discussions were also held regarding the impact of the situation arising out of Corona and how much it has affected the education sector.

In the meeting, the RSS leaders asked several questions and provided suggestions to the Union Minister regarding the education policy of the government.

According to the sources, RSS wants the policy to be implemented expeditiously. All aspects related to the policy were discussed in Tuesday's meeting.

On the second and the last day of the meeting on Wednesday, special issues related to education will be discussed in which representatives of various organisations of the Sangh, Union Ministers and several BJP leaders will be take part.

Meanwhile, in order to convey its point of view to the government on various issues, the Sangh keeps on calling such coordination meetings related to specific issues, in which RSS representatives -- working in that particular area -- provide feedback to the government. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: BJP, RSS, New Education Policy, Education, India


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