Issued on: 17/04/2020 – 15:44Modified: 17/04/2020 – 15:44
Amazon tech workers are calling for a virtual one-day strike to pressure the online retail giant over warehouse safety conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.
Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, a group representing workers, urged colleagues to call in sick on April 24, accusing the company of firing workers protesting a lack of coronavirus precautions and environmental action.
"We're asking tech workers to virtually walk out on Friday (April 24)," said Maren Costa, who US media reported was fired with fellow employee Emily Cunningham for criticizing Amazon over climate and coronavirus issues.
"We want to tell Amazon that we are sick of all this — sick of the firings, sick of the silencing, sick of pollution, sick of racism, and sick of the climate crisis," Costa said.
The virtual "walk out", according to the group's statement, would see workers take a personal day off at the same time.
Amazon did not respond to a request for comment but US media reported the company said the firings resulted from violations of "internal policies."
The group also called for those fired for what they called "selective enforcement of policies and behavior guidelines" to be reinstated.
The Seattle-based internet giant set a goal of investing $350 million to support employees and partners during the pandemic, which has thrust Amazon into the spotlight as demand surges for online services during extensive lockdowns.
Earlier this month, the company said it was creating its own lab to test employees for coronavirus.
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