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Amazon workers speaking out against climate policy despite discipline

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Amazon Employees For Climate Justice are not staying silent, saying some workers were disciplined for saying Amazon could be doing more to curb pollution and climate change.

Yesterday, more than 300 Amazon workers signed a blog post saying they have been threatened with termination if they continue to speak to the press.

“We are speaking up now because some of us were disciplined by Amazon for providing a quote to The Washington Post for stating that Amazon should stop helping oil and gas companies to find and extract oil more quickly,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

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“Amazon has a choice: it can support workers and take leadership on the most important issue of our time, or it can continue to retaliate against workers who are speaking up for customers, for their families, who believe that Amazon can lead the way to a carbon free economy.”

Amazon says its policy is in keeping with other large companies. It does not allow any employee to publicly criticize or misrepresent the company.

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“While all employees are welcome to engage constructively with any of the many teams inside Amazon that work on sustainability and other topics, we do enforce our external communications policy and will not allow employees to publicly disparage or misrepresent the company or the hard work of their colleagues who are developing solutions to these hard problems,” according to an Amazon spokesperson.

With reporting from the Associated Press

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