Engineers and codersAmazon on Thursday called for a strike on April 24 to protest the dismissal of some of their colleagues who took a stand against the group and to obtain better working conditions for warehouse workers.
“We want to tell Amazon that we are fed up with all this, layoffs, attempts to silence, pollution, racism and climate change,” said ex-employee Maren Costa of the company, according to a press release from the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ) group.
She made her remarks Thursday during an online meeting with nearly 400 employees, organized by the EYCS, which pushes the e-commerce giant to make more efforts to reduce its impact on the environment. Adding: “We therefore ask employees of tech not to connect to their workstation Friday April 24”.
AECJ leaders Maren Costa and Emily Cunningham were dismissed last week, officially “for repeatedly violating the rules,” according to a spokesperson for the group, quoted by the American channel CNBC. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request from AFP.
“We are scared”
Thursday’s meeting also focused on working conditions in warehouses and logistics centers, which have been under stress for weeks because of the Covid-19 pandemic and containment. The needs are such that Amazon has set out to recruit 175,000 people in the United States. But some employees complained about the lack of sanitary protections. According to the press group’s press release, a Chicago employee accused the group of withholding information.
“Amazon confirmed that there were two cases in our warehouse. We are afraid. Amazon makes it impossible to know who else may have been in contact with the infected people,” he said during the meeting, according to comments reported by the AECJ.
“Amazon says we provide an essential service, but the products I risk my life every day are far from essential. I pack hair straighteners, Easter decorations and ping pong balls ! “, said a Polish employee, according to the EYCS. Two weeks ago, Amazon announced the distribution of millions of masks and the implementation of temperature controls on all its American and European sites.