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Amazon has been questioned by US senators, saying it should track employees and curb union formation

On Thursday, four U.S. Democratic senators sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, asking for a response to his alleged actions to track and monitor employees and restrict union formation.

Democratic Senators Brian Schatz, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand asked the company The detailed steps on how to prevent workers from organizing work, how to track workers who participated in strikes and the law firms that signed agreements with Amazon to avoid unions.

“The fact is that Amazon has decided to invest heavily in the system to retaliate against freedom of speech for unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, and regard the organization and worker rights mobilization as a threat to the company, equivalent to hate groups and terrorism. Threat. This is unacceptable,” said the letter led by Senator Brian Schatz.

In September, a research paper by the Open Markets Institute, a Washington-based research and advocacy organization, also stated that Amazon relies on extensive worker supervision to increase employee output and may restrict union work across the United States.

Members of Congress referred to several media reports in their letter on Thursday, covering similar actions by retailers.

Amazon said this month that more than 19,000 front-line workers in the United States have contracted the new coronavirus this year, accounting for 1.44% of the total. This is public information sought by labor advocates who have criticized Amazon’s response to the epidemic.

An Amazon spokesperson said the company respects the right of its employees to join or form a union without fear of retaliation, intimidation or harassment.

Regarding monitoring issues, the spokesperson said that Amazon found a group in its delivery team that was aggregating information, but this practice violated company standards, so the team no longer did it.

Reuters reported in May that Amazon has long boycotted trade unions. Amazon spokesperson Rachel Wright said at the time that Amazon had already provided the labor group’s requirements.

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