On March 31 ( Media reported that Chris Smalls , an employee at Amazon’s Staten Island distribution center in New York , claimed to have fired the company after leading a local strike to protest the company’s failure to protect them during the new coronavirus outbreak .
Pictured: Amazon employees protest and strike against the company’s lack of protection for demanding that employees continue to work during the outbreak of the new coronavirus
“Leading the strike action cost me my job because I tried to stand up for doing the right thing and the company decided to retaliate against me,” Smalls said in an interview On Monday local time. “
On Monday, Amazon employees at the Staten Island distribution center went on strike, demanding that the company close the facility for long-term cleaning and disinfection. The strikers said many of their colleagues there had been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. Organizers said more than 60 employees took part in the protest.
Amazon confirmed it had fired Mr. Smols, saying he had violated safety rules, including failing to comply with a 14-day quarantine requirement after contacting employees diagnosed with the new coronavirus.
In a statement, Amazon said: “Smols has been warned several times that he violated the rules of keeping a safe distance and put the safety of others at risk. He was asked to stay away from home for 14 days with pay, but he arrived at work on March 30 tha that further put the entire team at risk. “
Amazon also disputed the number of people involved in the protest, saying only 15 of the more than 5,000 employees at the Staten Island distribution center took part in the strike. Mr Smalls dismissed the company’s claims as “ridiculous” and said he had been fired in retaliation for taking part in the strike.