Amazon is calling John Oliver’s representation of situations at the company’s freight and warehouse facilities “insulting” to Amazon personnel.
Dave Clark, Amazon’s SVP of Worldwide Operations, replied to a harsh part that aired Sunday on HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. In the 20-minute Last Week section, Amazon, as well as other firms with quick online delivery systems, was criticized for the wearing chores required of the warehouse workforces.
“The injury and illness rate in the warehouse industry is higher than coal mining, construction and logging,” Oliver supposed during the HBO show, in which he termed Amazon the “Michael Jackson” of freight because they’re “the best at what they do, everybody tries to imitate them, and nobody who learns a third thing about them is happy they did.
The “third thing” was the principal focus of the segment, a prolonged look at the working situations of Amazon’s warehousing and shipping facilities.
Not unexpectedly, Amazon took concern. “As a fan of the show, I enjoy watching John make an entertaining case for the failings of companies, governments and most recently – Mount Everest,” Clark said in a statement tweeted yesterday. “But he is wrong on Amazon. Industry-leading $15 minimum wage and comprehensive benefits are just one of many programs we offer…”
One of the utmost shocking portions of the Last Week episode was Oliver’s ridicule of an Amazon promotional video in which warehouse and shipping personnel were portrayed participating in fun and funny for-the-camera trickeries.
Here is Clark’s statement in full:
“As a fan of the show, I enjoy watching John make an entertaining case for the failings of companies, governments and most recently – Mount Everest. But he is wrong on Amazon. Industry-leading $15 minimum wage and comprehensive benefits are just one of many programs we offer…
“We are proud of the safe, quality work environment in our facilities – so much so that we offer tours to the public, ages six and up. But unlike over 100,000 other people this year, John and his producers did not take us up on our invitation to tour one of our facilities.
“If they had they would have met the amazing people who work in our operations. People whose passion and commitment are what makes the Amazon customer experience special. I am proud of our team and to suggest they would work in an environment like the one portrayed is insulting.”