Amazon employees protest against working conditions over COVID-19
Since most parts of the world are temporarily suspended due to placing orders at home, Amazon is still continuing its efforts. For many people in the United Sta...
Since most parts of the world are temporarily suspended due to placing orders at home, Amazon is still continuing its efforts. For many people in the United States and abroad, this retail giant is nothing but an essential business, because going to supermarkets and pharmacies and other daily work becomes dangerous.
Although the company continues to provide necessary materials for many people, its labor policy has become the focus of attention, and this is certainly not the first time for Amazon. Although the company consistently rejected suggestions about unfair or unsafe working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, this week a group of workers planned to protest the policy on a large scale.
Labor rights group "Respect Others" said that more than 300 Amazon employees from 50 institutions plan to participate in the protests. The organization wrote: "Amazon's response to the outbreak of coronavirus unnecessarily puts the lives of Amazon employees at greater risk and exposure," the company cited many employees' facilities infected with the virus.
The organization requested increased transparency in confirmed COVID-19 cases, providing more sanitation facilities and various additional benefits, including two weeks of paid sick leave and the health of "part-time, driver, temporary and contracted employees."
Amazon strongly opposed TechCrunch, saying the reports of the protests were overblown and reiterated its record.
Amazon spokesperson Lisa Levandowski said in a statement: "Reports on the participation of trade union employees participating in today's activities are exaggerated." "Today, more than 250,000 people have gone to work, even more than Zhou has served the community more. We are grateful and proud of their efforts during this time. The claims claimed by the union organizers are also completely wrong-the truth is, masks, temperature checks, hand sanitizer, increased Rest time, increased remuneration, and more are standards for our entire network because we are deeply concerned about the health and safety of our employees. We encourage anyone to compare Amazon ’s health and safety measures and their implementation with other retailers during this crisis speed."
Last week, two other employees reported that their dismissal was related to their public criticism of Amazon ’s policies. In March, Staten Island employees who criticized working conditions were also fired.
Amazon refused the connection. It told TechCrunch: "We support the right of every employee to criticize the working conditions of his employer, but this does not have a comprehensive immunity from any internal policies. We have terminated these employees for repeated violations of internal policies."
News Reference: https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/21/amazon-employees-plan-additional-protests-over-covid-19-working-conditions/