March 30th 2020 - Amazon along with Wholefoods, and Instacart workers have officially walked off the job to protest against safety protocols.
Amazon the largest E- Commerce giant has failed to keep its workers safe according to employees.
It looks like Amazon and other companies are in for a rude awakening, having to amp up safety protocols and measures to keep there staff safe.
“Like all businesses grappling with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are working hard to keep employees safe while serving communities and the most vulnerable,” an Amazon spokesperson told TechCrunch. “We have taken extreme measures to keep people safe, tripling down on deep cleaning, procuring safety supplies that are available, and changing processes to ensure those in our buildings are keeping safe distances. The truth is the vast majority of employees continue to show up and do the heroic work of delivering for customers every day.”
via TechCrunch - In solidarity with warehouse workers, tech workers at Amazon are demanding the company provide fully paid family leave for people who miss work, provide fully paid leave to all Amazon workers, close facilities immediately following contamination, ensure full paid leave for workers whose jobs are impacted by such closures and ensure everyone has unlimited time to take care of their health.
“Recognizing the urgency of the moment, tech workers are going beyond asking Amazon to take action and are pledging not to work for Amazon if it fails to act,” the DC Tech Workers Coalition wrote in a petition.
“We also pledge to ask organizations in our communities such as universities and conferences to not accept Amazon as a sponsor or participant in events.”
Whole Foods who is also owned by Amazon is in deep water too as the healthy food grocery store is anticipating for a strike tomorrow.
According to Vice, Whole Foods workers will call in sick tomorrow and demand paid sick leave for those who stay at home or self-quarantine during the pandemic. They will also demand free coronavirus testing for employees and hazard pay.
“As this situation has progressed, our fundamental needs as workers have become more urgent,” the group wrote on its campaign page. “COVID-19 poses a very real threat to the safety of our workforce and our customers. We cannot wait for politicians, institutions, or our own management to step in to protect us.”
This has to happen in order for the spread of the disease to continue, 100s of thousands of employees continue to go to work daily, Amazon recently put out an announcment that they were hiring 100,000 new employees. It doesnt look like this is going to happen now.
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