Hundreds of Amazon workers in Seattle have walked out of their jobs amid layoffs and concerns over the company’s climate policies. The move, which was organized by the group Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, comes as workers across the company’s global operations demand change regarding the environmental impact of Amazon’s business practices.
Protesters carried signs with slogans such as “Amazon, clean up your act” and “Stop treating the climate like it’s disposable”. This is not the first time Amazon workers have staged a walkout over climate issues, with employees participating in a global climate strike in September 2019.
In addition to environmental concerns, workers are also protesting the company’s return-to-office policy, claiming that it puts employees at risk as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Workers are demanding that Amazon prioritize the safety of its employees before profits.
Despite the walkout, Amazon continues to dominate the e-commerce market and recently announced a profit of $8.1 billion in the first quarter of 2022. However, the company has faced increasing scrutiny over its workplace policies and impact on the environment.
Amazon Employees for Climate Justice is calling for the company to commit to zero emissions by 2040, prioritize climate justice in its business practices, and sever ties with fossil fuel companies. The group has also launched a petition asking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to take immediate action on climate change.
The walkout in Seattle comes as workers in other parts of the world, including Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, have also organized protests demanding better working conditions and environmental policies from Amazon. The company has yet to comment on the latest walkout.