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US senators ask Amazon if it tracks employees, curbs bids to form unions

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Four Democratic senators have sent a letter to Amazon.com Inc's CEO Jeff Bezos, requiring answers on its alleged movements to monitor and monitor employees and restrict attempts to form unions.

Democratic Party senators Brian Schatz, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand asked the firm for information on the measures required to discourage workers from organizing, how it tracks workers who take part in strikes and the law firms Amazon contracts with for marriage avoidance.

"The fact that Amazon has decided to heavily invest in systems to retaliate against freedom of expression about unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, and to refer to organizing and workers' rights mobilization attempts as risks against the company equivalent to those posed by hate groups and terrorism, is improper," the letter headed by senator Brian Schatz explained.

In September, a research paper from the Open Markets Institute, a Washington-based study and advocacy group, also said Amazon relies on extensive worker surveillance to boost employee output and possibly limit unionization efforts around the United States.

The letter from the lawmakers on Thursday referred to several media articles which have reported similar action by the merchant.

This month, Amazon stated more than 19,000 of its US front-line employees contracted the novel coronavirus this year, or 1.44percent of the total, a disclosure sought by labour advocates who have criticized Amazon's response to the outbreak.

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

On the dilemma of monitoring, the spokeswoman stated Amazon found one group within its delivery group which was aggregating info but the clinic is contrary to company standards and the staff is no longer doing this.

Reuters reported in May that Amazon has resisted unionization. Amazon spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said at the time that Amazon offers what labour groups are requesting.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington. Editing by Nick Zieminski, Robert Birsel.

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