Amazon’s vice president resigns, calling the company’s firing of protest workers “cowardly”

Tim Bray, a prominent senior engineer and vice president of Amazon, has “disappointed lying out” because the company has been “firing whistleblowers who are protesting about the Covid-19 outbreak,” according tomedia. Bray, who has worked at Amazon for nearly six years, posted an open letter on its website calling it “cowardly” to fire and disparage employees who organize protests. He also said the company’s dismissalwasweres were “designed to create an atmosphere of fear”.

In the new corona virus crisis, Amazon’s strategy has been to dismiss and demean dissidents in public and secrecy. There have been dozens of confirmed cases of new coronavirus in warehouses across the United States, and workers have repeatedly said the company is not doing enough to protect them. Last week, Amazon ended a program that allowed workers to take unlimited unpaid leave after becoming ill from the coronavirus. On Friday, Amazon workers joined Target, FedEx, Instacart and Whole Foods in a strike to protest their work environment.

In a statement sent to Motherboard, Amazon said its protest workers “spread misinformation and make false claims about Amazon” and said they “oppose irresponsible behavior by labor groups.” Last month, Amazon fired Its New York employee, Chris Smalls. At one meeting, Amazon executives said they thought Smalls was “not smart and bad at the rhetoric” and, according to leaked minutes of the meeting obtained by VICE News, they publicly emphasized that “the actions of the organizers are unethical, unacceptable and arguably illegal.”

In his resignation letter, Bray noted that “firing whistleblowers is not only a side effect of macroeconomic forces, nor is it an inherent manifestation of free-market function.” It proves that there is a ‘poison’ in the company culture that runs through the company culture. I choose to neither serve nor drink this ‘poison’. “

Bray spoke out about Amazon’s workplace culture and employee treatment. For decades, he has been well-known in software engineering. Last year he signed an open letter advocating shareholder resolutions calling on companies to take climate action and stop working with fossil fuel companies. A total of 8,702 employees signed the letter. Bray has previously been arrested for protesting Canada’s Trans Mountain YouTube project.

Bray said he was “devastated” after Amazon fired two employees who helped organize the climate march. “The vice president should not act in public, so I act through the appropriate channels and by the rules,” he wrote. He said he decided to resign in solidarity with those who had been fired. “If you continue to be vice president of Amazon, it actually means signing the action plan That I despise.” So, I quit. “

“The victims are not abstract entities, but real people; Courtney Bowden, Gerald Bryson, Maren Costa, Emily Cunningham, Bashir Mohammed and Chris Smalls. He added.

Amazon declined to comment on Bray’s resignation letter.