An attendee holds a sign asking Amazon to reach zero emissions by 2030 outside the Amazon Spheres during a Climate Strike walkout and march in Seattle, Washington, U.S. September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Speaking Out Could Lead To Amazon Employees Losing Their Jobs

Amazon employees have found themselves facing termination due to speaking out on their employer’s contribution towards climate change.

Multiple employees claim that they’ve received e-mails from those in management informing them of the consequences of their actions.

According to Amazon Employees For Climate Justice, the climate change advocacy group founded by Amazon workers, the company sent letters to its members telling them that they could be fired if they continued to speak to the press. 

At least four of the group’s members were threatened with firing.  

The complaints of the Amazon Employees For Climate Justice group however, are not unfounded. Amazon is among the largest emitters of CO2 in the world, contributing to the emission of 44.4 million metric tons in the past year alone.

The company’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, announced in September that Amazon plan to drastically reduce their carbon emissions by the year 2030. 

The company will be completely powered by renewable energy and by 2040 have net zero carbon emissions.

After the September announcement Amazon made a change to its policy regarding workers publicly discussing company concerns.

The change in policy made it that workers would require permission before they took part in any discussions concerning the company, which extended to social media as well.

Amazon told the BBC the rules were not new, adding: “We recently updated the policy and related approval process to make it easier for employees to participate in external activities such as speeches, media interviews, and use of the company’s logo.”

It continued: “As with any company policy, employees may receive a notification from our HR team if we learn of an instance where a policy is not being followed.”

Victoria Liang, an Amazon software engineer said that she believes “Amazon’s newly updated communications policy is having a chilling effect on workers who have the backbone to speak out and challenge Amazon to do better.”

She added as that “It has nothing to do with protecting confidential data.”

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