Tim Bray, Amazon VP quit his job “in dismay” after the e-commerce giant started a crackdown against its employees who criticized the giant over its coronavirus safety measures.
The former VP said that the firing of its employees is “evidence of a vein of toxicity running through the company culture.”
Amazon has previously defended itself; workers have stated that Amazon has not done enough to keep workers safe, but this time the titan refused to comment.
Reportedly, it faces a possible investigation of worker rights violations in New York, where the company fired the organizer of a small protest about safety conditions at a warehouse.
It is also important to mention here that Amazon is one of the businesses which has been flourishing during the novel coronavirus lockdown as individuals are opting for online shopping rather than physical purchasing.
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Mr. Bray also shared in his statement that Amazon has fired office staff who had been organizing another protest and had spoken out against the company on climate issues.
“At that point, I snapped,” he wrote. “That done, remaining an Amazon [vice-president] would have meant, in effect, signing off on actions I despised. So I resigned,” he wrote.
“What with big-tech salaries and share vestings, this will probably cost me over a million (pre-tax) dollars, not to mention the best job I’ve ever had, working with excellent people. So I’m pretty blue,” he wrote.
However, he also said: “Firing whistleblowers isn’t just a side-effect of macroeconomic forces, nor is it intrinsic to the function of free markets.
“It’s evidence of a vein of toxicity running through the company culture. I choose neither to serve nor drink that poison.”
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