Amazon VP quits over the firing of workers and climate activists
Amazon’s top executive and well-regarded software engineer resigned from the e-commerce giant over the firing of several warehouse workers and climate activists, on Friday.
Tim Bray, VP, a top executive at Amazon, declared in his blog post that he was resigning from the company as he was no longer comfortable over Amazon’s practice of firing workers who are airing legitimate workspace concerns.
“I quit in dismay at Amazon firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of Covid-19,” Bray stated in his blog.
The former executive at Amazon cited the case of the factory workers Chris Smalls and Bashir Mohamed.
Both Smalls and Mohamed were fired from the e-commerce company for organizing and protesting against the poor working conditions amidst COVID-19.
Bray also called into attention two user experience designers who were fired by Amazon last April 10 — Maren Costa and Emily Cunningham.
The two workers gained prominence for pushing the e-commerce giant to do more on climate change.
Tim Bray stated that the power held by workers is diminishing, that it results in them being treated as expendables.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about power balances. The warehouse workers are weak and getting weaker, what with mass unemployment and (in the US) job-linked health insurance. So they’re gonna get treated like crap, because capitalism. Any plausible solution has to start with increasing their collective strength,” Bray’s statement in his blog.