Vice President of Cloud Computing Service Amazon Web Services (AWS), Tim Bray, announced Monday his resignation in rejection of the recent layoff of employees who have publicly criticized the company.
“I resign in dismay at the fact that Amazon has fired critics who were raising their voices at workers’ concerns about COVID-19,” Bray wrote in a personal blog post titled “Bye, Amazon.” (Bye, Amazon.) .
The until last week vice president of AWS (his last day of work was Friday) said that continuing to work for Amazon in that position would have meant accepting actions that he abhorred and that is why he decided to leave the company.
Bray explicitly referred to the cases of Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, two user experience designers who were fired by the company in mid-April, claiming that they had “repeatedly” violated their internal policies by publicizing their discrepancies with the operation of the signature.
Cunningham and Costa had been highly critical of the company’s response in Seattle (Washington State, Northwest USA) to the COVID-19 pandemic over the past few days, arguing that Amazon was not doing enough to guarantee the safety and health of its employees, especially delivery workers and warehouse workers.
In addition to the cases of these two workers, the company has been accused of firing several other employees since the start of the pandemic for publicly expressing their discontent with the measures adopted, one of the most prominent being Chris Smalls, who was fired after organizing a strike in a New York warehouse.
Last Friday, coinciding with May Day, Amazon employees and other US home delivery companies They staged a temporary stoppage of the activity precisely to protest the security measures before COVID-19 and ask for greater protection.
The workers called for actions such as the vehicles that they operate to be thoroughly cleaned by professionals, and for those facilities that detect cases of coronavirus to be closed for 14 days.
Amazon has seen an unprecedented increase in its business since the coronavirus pandemic broke out and governments around the world enacted orders of confinement and social distancing, which has forced the closure of physical stores and has eliminated much of the competition. of the digital platform.
In the United States alone, the company has already recruited 100,000 new workers in recent weeks to respond to the increase in demand and has announced the hiring of another 75,000.