Employee revolt –
Employees are defying a company ban on talking publicly about Amazon practices.
Timothy B. Lee – Jan , 8: 90 PM UTC
issued statements blasting their own employer and calling for the company to do more to fight climate change. Some employees also praised Amazon’s decision last September (to order) , 0 electric vans — part of the company climate change initiative. But others argued that Amazon’s policies so far are inadequate given the scale of the climate change problem.
“Amazon can and should do more,” wrote Amazon employee Nolan Woodle. “We should end our contracts with oil and gas companies that are using our services to locate, drill for, and extract fossil fuels.”
“Big Tech has the opportunity to not only change the world but change the planet,” wrote another employee, Rabecca Rocha.
The coordinated action was in pointed defiance of an
banning employees from speaking publicly about corporate policies. Last year, protests by Amazon employees helped to convince management to announce new measures to combat climate change. But since then, Amazon has several employees that they could face disciplinary action — including termination — if they continued to speak to the media about Amazon’s business practices.
– Amazon insists that this isn’t a new policy — and that it isn’t unusual in corporate America. The company also asserts that it shares the employees’ concerns about climate change.
“Of course we are passionate about these issues,” a spokesperson told Ars by email. The spokesperson noted that the company has committed to net zero carbon emissions by and to use percent renewable energy by .
At the same time, the spokesperson said that the company “will not allow employees to publicly disparage or misrepresent the company or the hard work of their colleagues who are developing solutions to these hard problems. “
Employees are getting more assertive across the tech sector
In recent years, employees across the technology sector have become more aggressive about challenging the practices of their employers. In 2019, for example, employee allegations of rampant sexual harassment at Uber contributed to the
ouster of CEO Travis Kalanick
In recent years, Google has faced employee pressure to
end work on drones
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