A senior Amazon software engineer, Tim Bray, has resigned from his position on the firm after 5 years, citing “dismay” over Amazon’s determination to fireplace outspoken critics of its labor practices. Bray didn’t reply to a request for a remark. Amazon declined to touch upon Bray’s resignation.
Earlier than he resigned, Bray had proven helpful for a worker advocacy group, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, which Cunningham and Costa have been additionally part of. He additionally signed onto an April letter to CEO Jeff Bezos and Amazon’s board of administrators, which obtained greater than 8,700 signatures, calling on the corporate to develop a complete local weather change plan.
Cunningham mentioned she commends Bray for “his integrity” and for “doing the correct factor” by resigning from his position at AWS. Bray’s resignation might spark comparable strikes from different company Amazon staff who wish to see significant adjustments made on the firm, Cunningham added.
An Amazon spokesperson informed CNBC in a press release that it helps employees’ rights to protest and criticize their employer’s working circumstances, “however that doesn’t include blanket immunity towards dangerous actions, significantly people who endanger the well being, well-being or security of their colleagues.”
Along with Costa and Cunningham, Amazon has fired multiple warehouse employees who criticized the working circumstances at its services throughout the pandemic. The corporate continues to face widespread criticism over its determination final month to fire Chris Smalls, a warehouse employee who organized a strike at its Staten Island, New York, facility. Smalls mentioned he was fired for organizing the strike; however Amazon mentioned it dismissed Smalls as a result of he violated social distancing guidelines whereas he was imagined to be underneath quarantine after being uncovered to a co-worker who examined constructive for the coronavirus.
Amazon warehouse employees throughout the nation have called for the company to place in place better security protections, together with closing down services the place there are constructive instances for extra cleansing. Warehouse employees have staged protests at services in Detroit, Illinois, and Staten Island; they usually participated in nationwide strikes held last week.