Amazon removes listings for jobs tracking ‘labor organizing threats’
Amazon took down job listings Tuesday for two positions that listed tracking internal “labor organizing threats” as responsibilities.
The “Intelligence Analyst” and “Sr Intelligence Analyst” positions were with Amazon’s Global Security Operations’ (GSO) Global Intelligence Program (GIP), which handles the ecommerce giant’s corporate and physical security.
The postings described several kinds of threats that the analysts would focus on in addition to “organized labor,” including “protests, geopolitical crises, conflicts impacting operations.”
They were removed for not being “an accurate description of the role,” an Amazon spokesperson told The Hill on Tuesday.
“It was made in error and has since been corrected,” they added.
According to Amazon’s portal, the Intelligence Analyst position was posted Jan. 6, raising questions about why it took nine months to realize the mistake.
Twitter user Joe Slowik first noticed the posting Tuesday morning, triggering an outcry of criticism.
Dania Rajendra, director of the anti-Amazon coalition Athena, called the posting “disturbing.”
“Every single person in the United States has the right to speak up and to join with others to improve the conditions under which we live and work,” she said in a statement. “And we have every right to demand better for our communities from a corporation worth a trillion dollars.”
The Amazon spokesperson did not immediately return requests for comment about when the jobs were originally listed or whether they will be reposted after being “corrected.”
Amazon has a history of cracking down on collective organizing among its employees.
The company has fired several employees who have protested the workplace conditions at warehouses amid the coronavirus pandemic.