Amazon VP Quits “In Dismay” And Calls Company “Chickenshit” Over Firing Of Whistleblowers

It seems that there’s blowback from Amazon’s apparent firing of employees due to their concerns over their working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic including some whistleblowers. Tim Bray who is well known for his part in creating the XML specification has quit the company “in dismay” and went public about his departure:

Tim Bray, a well known senior engineer and Vice President at Amazon has “quit in dismay” because Amazon has been “firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of Covid-19.” In an open letter on his website, Bray, who has worked at the company for nearly six years, called Amazon “chickenshit” for firing and disparaging employees who have organized protests. He also said the firings are “designed to create a climate of fear.”

While this is going to create an optics issue for Amazon, this guy likely isn’t going to be poor, and he’s just one guy. If hundreds or thousands of people lower down on the food chain start to quit Amazon for the same reason, then Amazon may have to worry. If people at Bray’s level start to quit en-mass, then Amazon will have to worry. So while this will get the attention of many, it isn’t a watershed moment. Yet.

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