The tensions between staff at Entire Meals and its dad or mum firm Amazon proceed to rise. First, it was simply that Amazon was ruining the expertise of working at and purchasing at Entire Meals. However at this time, a gaggle of present and former Entire Meals staff referred to as Entire Employee (which isn’t a union, as a result of Amazon won’t let staff unionize) put out a public assertion in opposition to Amazon’s partnership with Palantir, an organization that gives knowledge to ICE, “to indicate solidarity with our undocumented sisters, brothers, and siblings.”
The letter takes situation particularly with Amazon offering its internet providers expertise to Palantir, which sells knowledge to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the sale of Amazon’s personal facial-recognition software program, Rekognition, to regulation enforcement. These providers are sometimes used to deport undocumented folks and conduct raids just like the one which occurred at a meals processing plant in Mississippi this August. Final 12 months, an nameless Amazon worker printed an op-ed on Medium titled “I’m an Amazon Worker. My Firm Shouldn’t Promote Facial Recognition Tech to Police,” and over 500 Amazon staff demanded the corporate kick Palantir off their cloud for violation of phrases of service.
Entire Staff’ letter expresses solidarity with undocumented folks in America who’re in search of political and financial asylum, and “are fleeing from situations created by damaging U.S insurance policies, making it the duty of the united statesto welcome them.” The letter additionally notes “Palantir, in 2011, was concerned in a plan to spy on labor unions and activists. As staff and activists actively organizing and unionizing, we see this as additional proof that Amazon has no plans on respecting the rights of staff.” They demand that Amazon stop all enterprise with Palantir and some other firm “concerned within the continued oppression of marginalized teams.”
This comes as increasingly more grocery staff try to unionize, and extra individuals are prepared to talk out in opposition to the politicians and billionaires who create the situations the place youngsters die in border camps. “We acknowledge that anticipating an organization constructed on the exploitation of marginalized folks and the working class to stop its collaboration with ICE’s deportation machine by the use of ethical condemnations isn’t sufficient,” writes Entire Employee. “Staff that management the levers inside Amazon should make this machine cease and switch in one other path.”
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