By Ewout Steenberg Jensen
A young woman who was fired from her sales job at Amazon in the Netherlands due to her involvement in an Amazon employee agitation group was seriously injured and hospitalized after being hit by a delivery truck.
The girl, named in local media reports only as Merline, was hit by a delivery truck on the night of her 18th birthday, in which she was due to receive her 2,000 euros ($2,405) salary from Amazon.
According to published reports, she was transported from the scene to hospital, where she was reported to be in a coma with serious injuries, including a head injury and broken teeth.
It was reported that Merline’s injuries were not from the delivery truck but from the impact of another vehicle driven by a driver who appeared to have been operating on the same side of the road as Merline.
Merline was hit in the front yard of her house by the delivery truck, which had apparently just made the delivery to her house.
Merline had apparently been working for a group in Arnhem called the Supporter’s Forum. The Post Agency of the Netherlands (PNB) reported that members of the forum were protesting regarding the fact that since October 2015, workers on various Amazon delivery networks have not been paid overtime because Amazon’s employees had become aware that there was no contract document providing this.
A spokesman for the company said that the company would fulfill all necessary obligations in the matter.
An analyst in the Netherlands said that the girl’s case is one of several in which the possibility exists of criminal liability on the part of Amazon.
Another incident was reported to have occurred in which a third-party logistics subcontractor was reported to have attempted to block a train from getting off because it was traveling the wrong way, according to the Post Agency.
According to one PNB report, the spokesperson for the Dutch DHL Express couriers union said that in some cases “Amazon was unnecessarily close to striking, in fact, within minutes of us agreeing to the industrial action.”
In light of the recent media reports, Amazon has not commented publicly about Merline’s case.
Here is video about the case.
Read the full story at The Huffington Post.
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