An Amazon employee at a warehouse in New York the place workers known as for larger coronavirus security measures has died of COVID-19, the e-commerce big stated on Tuesday. “We’re deeply saddened by the lack of an affiliate at our website in Staten Island, NY,” Amazon spokesperson Lisa Levandowski stated in an announcement emailed to AFP.
“His household and family members are in our ideas, and we’re supporting his fellow colleagues,” she added.
Amazon has change into a lifeline for shoppers going through lockdowns and restrictions around the globe, and the corporate is within the technique of including some 175,000 new workers to deal with surging demand.
However the firm has additionally confronted protests from warehouse staff and activists who declare Amazon has didn’t do sufficient to maintain them secure.
Greater than a dozen demonstrators, together with workers and activists, protested outdoors the Staten Island warehouse final week.
In March, New York Legal professional Basic Letitia James known as for an investigation after Amazon fired worker Chris Smalls after he organized a walkout of staff on the warehouse.
Smalls claimed the corporate was failing to take precautions to guard warehouse workers from COVID-19, and stated that between 50 and 60 workers on the facility had contracted the sickness.
Amazon stated Smalls was fired after he went to work after coming involved with somebody who had contracted the virus, in a violation of quarantining guidelines.
Amazon insists it has invested to guard workers and says the speed of an infection on the Staten Island facility is considerably under the group fee.
New York is the worst-hit state within the nation, with over 320,000 declared circumstances and round 20,000 deaths.
On Monday, Tim Bray, an Amazon vice chairman, stated he had resigned in protest at firm sacking three workers who spoke out in opposition to remedy in warehouses.
In France, Amazon has been locked in a battle with labour unions which say not sufficient was accomplished to mitigate contagion threat for workers working in shut proximity to course of a flood of orders amid the nationwide lockdown.
France’s labour ministry stated it had denied a request by Amazon for emergency funds to pay workers through the coronavirus disaster after the US behemoth shut its warehouses following a courtroom order to promote solely important gadgets.