Muslim Amazon Workers Say They Are Not Given Sufficient Time To Pray
Muslim Amazon workers say the company does not give them enough time to pray during work.
Muslims say they must pray five times a day to be in compliance with Islam.
Vox.com reported: Khadra Ibrahin, a 28-year-old single mother of two and Somali immigrant living in Minneapolis, has been working at Amazon’s Shakopee fulfillment center for two years.
As a practicing Muslim, Ibrahin tries to pray five times a day. But because Amazon has the warehouse associates working on a strict hourly packing quota, she says she cannot take a prayer break. Associates are pressured to “make rate,” with the rate number increasing and decreasing depending on the season’s demand. The warehouse’s current packing rate is 240 boxes an hour, Ibrahin says, but it’s gone as high as 400. Associates are penalized if they fall behind this rate; they can get a write-up from a manager if they are too slow, which can lead to them being terminated.
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Ibrahin usually chooses to pray during her timed breaks. “Breaks make our rate slow down, and then we’d be at risk of getting fired, and so most of the time we choose prayer over bathroom, and have learned to balance our bodily needs,” she told me in a recent phone interview.
Ibrahin, who works a 12-hour night shift from 5:30 pm to 6 am, says she’s worked about 20 different jobs since moving to the US as a 16-year-old in 2004. These jobs include working a fishing boat in the middle of the ocean off the coast of Alaska, cleaning Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, and packing at a Target warehouse. Her current job at Amazon, she says, has been her hardest.
“Every time I walk through those doors, I am filled this dread that tonight is going to be the night that I get fired,” she says. “When you take a job at a warehouse, you have to be mentally and physically prepared for a certain kind of work, but I have never felt threatened by a workplace like this before,” she says. “I want to keep this job to provide for my family, and I am also working as hard as I can, but you can’t live under this type of pressure. The way Amazon pushes people is not moral.” (In a statement to Vox, an Amazon spokesperson touted the facility’s “excellent pay” and “comprehensive benefits.”)
Ibrahin says most of the 3,000 workers at the Minneapolis-area warehouse are from the East African immigrant community. On Friday, she will join many of these Amazon employees, as well as the local Minnesota community and politicians such as Representative-elect Ilhan Omar, the first Somali American elected to Congress, to rally outside of the warehouse in protest of Amazon’s work conditions. Several hundred people are expected to attend. (source 1)
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