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Amazon’s vice president resigns in protest of Covid-19 layoffs

May 6, 2020

“Ultimately, being Amazon’s vice president would have meant signing the actions you despised. So I quit, ”former Amazon Vice President Tim Bray wrote on Monday.

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Amazon’s vice president resigns in protest of Covid-19 layoffsAmazon’s vice president resigns in protest of Covid-19 layoffs


The Vice President (VP) of Amazon He resigned in protest because the company had fired several employees for denouncing the lack of protection against Covid-19 in the company’s camps.

“I resigned because the company had fired whistleblowers-whistleblowers because of warehouse workers who were afraid of Covid-19,” wrote Tim Bray, who was a senior engineer at the brand’s cloud services group.

The resignation is due to the fact that more and more workers in Amazon camps have become infected with the virus and have triggered protests led by employees. Wray wrote on her blog that she “fell apart” after the company fired two employees, Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, after trying to organize a petition and video call last month to raise awareness of the issues.

“The justifications (for the layoffs) were ridiculous; It was clear to any sensible observer that he was accused of reporting misconduct, ”wrote Bray. He made his complaints via Amazon’s internal channels, but Bray finally decided he had no choice but to resign, claiming the layoffs were a symbol of the company’s toxic culture.

“If you had done so, staying with Amazon VP would have practically meant closing the shares he despised. So I stopped, “he said. In the same blog post, Bray also called the e-commerce giant who fired former warehouse workers Chris Smalls and Bashir Mohamed for trying to organize protests that demanded that the company introduces better protection in the workplace.

“If you had done so, staying with Amazon VP would have practically meant closing the shares he despised. So I stopped, “he said. In the same blog post, Bray also sued the e-commerce giant for firing former warehouse workers Chris Smalls and Bashir Mohamed for trying to organize protests that demanded that the company introduces better protection in the workplace.

Amazon declined to comment on Bray’s resignation. But the company recently pledged to spend $ 4 billion on protective equipment for warehouse workers while increasing their wages. Last month, the e-commerce giant also began distributing masks and introducing temperature controls before employees could enter the facility.

Still, employees say the company needs to be transparent about the Covid 19 cases that occur in every warehouse. They also asked the company to grant paid sick leave during the pandemic (no coronavirus testing required) and to temporarily close and sanitize warehouses if positive cases were reported.

According to Bray, it is clear that the signing of E-commerce They are trying to tighten protection. “But I also believe in the workers’ testimony,” he wrote on his blog. “And at the end of the day, the big problem isn’t the peculiarity of the response to Covid-19. It’s that Amazon treats people in warehouses as consumables that can potentially be picked up and packaged. And it’s not just Amazon, it is how 21st century capitalism is made. “

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