Mirror investigative reporter says: 'Amazon has recognised humans are the least efficient part of the operation - it makes more money by treating its workers as expendable commodities'
An exclusive Sunday Mirror investigation into the shocking conditions for staff at Amazon discovered workers fall asleep on their feet during relentless 10hr shifts - under constant pressure to deal with a package every 30 seconds.
The harsh realities of life with timed toilet breaks and impossible targets inside an Amazon warehouse have been revealed in an undercover investigation.
Sunday Mirror reporter Alan Selby spent five weeks working at the online giant's newest warehouse in Essex, finishing his final shift on Black Friday.
He found workers falling asleep on their feet as they struggled to keep up with seemingly impossible targets, with a new parcel expected to be packed and ready every 30 seconds.
Staff often work as many as 55 hours in a week in the £8.20 an hour jobs - although some are forced to pay £4 a day for a bus just to get to the warehouse.
Alan revealed the inner workings of the UK's biggest retailer today:
"Alone in a locked metal cage, 10 feet from my nearest colleague, a robot approaches from the shadows and thrusts a tower of shelves towards me.
"I have nine seconds to grab and process an item to be sent for packing – a target of 300 items an hour, for hour after relentless hour."