An Amazon employee at a warehouse in New York the place workers referred to as for larger coronavirus security measures has died of COVID-19, the e-commerce large mentioned on Tuesday. “We’re deeply saddened by the lack of an affiliate at our website in Staten Island, NY,” Amazon spokesperson Lisa Levandowski mentioned in a press release emailed to AFP.
“His household and family members are in our ideas, and we’re supporting his fellow colleagues,” she added.
Amazon has turn out to be a lifeline for customers going through lockdowns and restrictions world wide, and the corporate is within the strategy of including some 175,000 new workers to deal with surging demand.
However the firm has additionally confronted protests from warehouse employees and activists who declare Amazon has did not 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 Lawyer Normal Letitia James referred to as for an investigation after Amazon fired worker Chris Smalls after he organized a walkout of employees on the warehouse.
Smalls claimed the corporate was failing to take precautions to guard warehouse workers from COVID-19, and mentioned that between 50 and 60 workers on the facility had contracted the sickness.
Amazon mentioned Smalls was fired after he went to work after coming in touch 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 beneath the neighborhood price.
New York is the worst-hit state within the nation, with over 320,000 declared instances and round 20,000 deaths.
On Monday, Tim Bray, an Amazon vice chairman, mentioned he had resigned in protest at firm sacking three workers who spoke out towards therapy in warehouses.
In France, Amazon has been locked in a battle with labour unions which say not sufficient was finished to mitigate contagion danger for workers working in shut proximity to course of a flood of orders amid the nationwide lockdown.
France’s labour ministry mentioned it had denied a request by Amazon for emergency funds to pay workers in the course of the coronavirus disaster after the US behemoth shut its warehouses following a courtroom order to promote solely important objects.