Amazon has taken down two job listings for intelligence analysts that generated controversy over their anti-union/labor organizing language. The positions were charged with gathering information on threats to Amazon and reporting that data. One of the alleged threats these positions were meant to monitor was “labor organizing.”
These analysts were also going to be set to monitor “sensitive topics that are highly confidential, including labor organizing threats against the company,” “funding and activities connected to corporate campaigns (internal and external) against Amazon,” as well as briefings on “dynamic situations” including protests, geopolitical crises and other topics “sensitive to human resources and employee relations,” as reported by CNBC.
Amazon’s postings came under heavy fire online, and were removed by afternoon. In a statement to CNBC, an Amazon spokesperson said “The job post was not an accurate description of the role — it was made in error and has since been corrected.” They did not elaborate on what, exactly, was inaccurate about these ads.
This is not the first time Amazon has been in hot water publicly for its stance on labor organizing and workers’ rights. Last year, Prime Day was met with employee protests in Minnesota and Germany over both Amazon’s working conditions and wage practices. This year, warehouse workers came into conflict with the company in March over safety concerns in their workspaces regarding the pandemic. This was followed up in April with the firing of three employees who were openly calling out the company’s labor practices.
Director of the labor and activist coalition Athena, Dania Rajendra, said that the now-deleted tweets were “disturbing” and showed that Amazon is actively targeting workers for speaking out.
“This job description is proof that Amazon intends to continue on this course,” said Rajendra. “The public deserves to know whether Amazon will continue to fill these positions, even if they’re no longer publicly posted.”
So far, there don’t seem to be replacement listings, meaning Rajendra’s question is currently up in the air.
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