Enlarge /. On Monday, March 30, workers protested in front of a huge Amazon fulfillment center on Staten Island.
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Amazon fired an employee after helping organize a strike by Amazon employees at a fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York. Worker Chris Smalls says Amazon fought him for being active in the workplace.
"Acting cost me my job," said Smalls in an interview on Monday on Bloomberg TV. "Because I tried to work for something that was right, the company decided to take revenge on me."
Amazon denies this fee.
"Mr. Smalls received several warnings about violating social distancing policies and compromising the safety of others. It was also found that he was in close contact with a diagnosed employee with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and was asked to pay Staying home for 14 days, "Amazon said in a statement to Ars. Instead, the company said Smalls" was there on March 30 and further endangered the teams. "
The workers left Amazon's Staten Island facility on Monday to protest what they saw as an inadequate response to an on-site coronavirus outbreak. According to the organizers, 60 employees took part in the strike, while Amazon estimates that only 15 employees took part. According to Amazon, the facility employs more than 5,000 people.
Amazon confirmed a coronavirus case there last week and ordered employees who were in contact with this employee to quarantine themselves. However, the protesting workers believe that there have been several additional coronavirus cases that Amazon has not publicly recognized. They want Amazon to close the thorough cleaning facility and take other steps to better protect workers' health.
Amazon is working hard to prevent the spread of the corona virus among employees. The company notes that it has recently started daily temperature monitoring of employees at the Staten Island facility to identify potential coronavirus cases. And Amazon says it has taken aggressive social distance measures, including restrictions on face-to-face meetings and staggered shifts and breaks, to limit the number of people entering or leaving workspaces at the same time.