Tim Bray, who resigned from the dismissals of the COVID-19 outbreak, made remarkable statements: “Continuing my duty means signing off acts that I do not approve of.”
Tim Bray, Executive Vice President of Amazon Web Services, announced that he resigned in a Covid-19 outbreak with a blog post he shared after dismissing Amazon warehouse workers.
In his blog post titled “Bye Amazon,” Bray said the following:
Continuing my job as Deputy General Manager of Amazon means signing off acts that I do not approve of. So I resigned. The victims of this issue are real people, not abstract assets. Let me tell you the names of some of these people; Courtney Bowden, Gerald Bryson, Maren Costa, Emily Cunningham, Bashir Mohammed and Chris Smalls.
Bray also hinted at racism and sexism later in his post:
I am sure it is also a coincidence that every person who is laid off has a non-white skin color, is a woman, or both items are together. Is not it?
At this point, let us remind you that Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa were fired in early April due to a Tweet. They also criticized Amazon’s attitude to the climate crisis by being in the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice group. The group demanded that AWS’s agreements with oil and gas companies be terminated.
In his blog post, Bray stated that warehouse employees have much less power in-house than employees who receive high salary in AWS:
“At the end of the day, it’s all about balance of power. Warehouse workers continue to become weak and weak because of the large unemployment and the US-focused health insurance system. The most plausible solution is to start increasing their collective power.”
If you remember, Amazon’s treatment of warehouse workers in the past years had exposed the company to serious criticism arrows. Recently, the attitude of Amazon against warehouse workers came back to the agenda due to the lack of protective equipment during the Covid-19 outbreak and some employees concealing positive test results.
Along with Costa and Cunningham, 6 technology workers were dismissed for participating in the Amazon protest with sick leave. The protest in April criticized Amazon’s attitude towards employees.
It should also be noted that the company also fired Chris Smalls, a New York warehouse employee who held a protest against Amazon in March. As the reason for removing Smalls, the company; He suggested that Smalls violated social distance rules and risked the safety of others.
In the U.S., the National Labor Relations Board is reviewing this step of Amazon, while New York Chief Prosecutor Letitia James has described this layoff as “shrewd.” In the meantime, let’s remind that Amazon hired 175,000 people to meet demands during the Covid-19 outbreak. The hourly wages of the employees were increased.
Says Amazon “firing whistleblowers” is “evidence of a vein of toxicity running through the company culture. I choose neither to serve nor drink that poison.”
Thank you, Tim.https://t.co/oShy4TQisN
— Emily Cunningham (@emahlee) May 4, 2020
According to Tim Bray’s statement, this attitude of Amazon also existed before COVID-19. Emily Cunningham, one of the layoffs, thanked Tim Bray for a tweet she shared.