An Amazon VP quit the company in solidarity with employees fired for speaking out about the company’s record on climate change and unsafe conditions in its warehouses, the former exec said in a post on his website made this week. Tim Bray, a senior engineer at Amazon Cloud who was among the 8,702 employees who called on the company to take action on climate change last year, said the firings were “designed to create a climate of fear.” Bray wrote that he communicated his concerns through internal channels but quit because not doing so would amount to being complicit with the firings.
Last month, Amazon fired two employee leaders in its climate movement who spoke out about warehouse conditions during coronavirus, and who had previously been warned by the company for their climate activism. “The victims weren’t abstract entities but real people,” Bray wrote. “I’m sure it’s a coincidence that every one of them is a person of color, a woman, or both. Right?” (VICE, AP, Huffington Post, FT $, Capital and Main, Bloomberg)