Bray also made reference to activism among warehouse workers, including the likes of Courtney Bowden, Gerald Bryson, Bashir Mohammed and Chris Smalls, all of which were fired for organising.
While Amazon is yet to comment on Bray’s departure, the firm previously released a statement addressing Cunningham and Costa. It said: “We support every employee’s right to criticise their employer’s working conditions, but that does not come with blanket immunity against any and all internal policies. We terminated these employees for repeatedly violating internal policies.”
Bray went on to condemn Amazon for its treatment of its workers, who he claimed compared the humans in the warehouses to ‘units of pick-and-pack potential’. He stated: “At the end of the day, the big problem isn’t the specifics of Covid-19 response. It’s that Amazon treats the humans in the warehouses as fungible units of pick-and-pack potential. Only that’s not just Amazon, it’s how 21st-century capitalism is done.”
This news comes after reports revealed that Amazon could face legal action by the New York’s Attorney General after it was accused of dismissing an employee who organised a walkout protest due to the company’s handling of coronavirus.
Earlier this year, the firm displayed concern for its staff, as it announced plans to ban non-essential employee travel in the US and internationally. However, this isn’t the first time Amazon has faced scrutiny over the treatment of its workers.
In the past, accounts have surfaced regarding the conditions of its workers, with some claiming workers had collapsed on shift, while others had to urinate in bottles because they were too scared to take a break.
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