Amazon Group Calls for Worker ‘Sick Day’ in Protest

(Bloomberg) -- A group advocating for Amazon employees has called for its workers to call-in sick on April 24 to protest the company’s handling of internal criticism of its working conditions.

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice said the company’s move to fire Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa earlier this week and its attempt to silence employees speaking-up about conditions in its warehouses were a “gross misuse of power.”

The two employees, who worked in Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, called for the company to do more to protect workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Amazon must never silence workers who speak out on matters of life and death. The essential workers who run its digital and physical infrastructures deserve respect, not punishment, for speaking up and caring for each other,” the group said in a Medium post.

The group said Amazon should disclose its protocol for tracking and reporting Covid-19 cases and provide a list of confirmed, probable cases and deaths among all employees by facility.

“Amazon likely hopes that firing Maren and Emily will stop the climate movement and employee solidarity at Amazon. They are wrong,” the group added in post.

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