Amazon seeks intelligence analyst to track ‘labor organizing threats’

Staff at Amazon’s Staten Island Warehouse demanded that the facility be closed and cleaned after testing positive for coronavirus on March 30, 2020 in New York.

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Amazon was looking to appoint two intelligence analysts hired to monitor “labor organizing threats” inside the company, which attracted criticism from activists and news outlets and caused job listings to drop on Tuesday.

The company recently posted job listings for a senior intelligence analyst and an intelligence analyst, both based in Phoenix, Arizona, which according to the posting will be part of its Global Security Operations’ Global Intelligence Program. Analysts will accuse Amazon of gathering information about any internal and external threats and reporting data to leaders across the organization.

Among the types of intelligence are those “sensitive topics that are highly confidential, including the organization of labor against the company,” funding and activities associated with corporate campaigns (internal and external) against Amazon, as well as briefs on “dynamic” Are included. Conditions “sensitive to human resources and employee relations” including protests, geopolitical crises and other topics. “

Amazon recently posted two job lists for senior intelligence analysts accusing it of tracking “labor organizing threats,” other “sensitive topics”.

The job listings drew widespread scrutiny from labor rights groups and other critics, including Stacey Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, who has talked about Amazon’s labor practices and its market last year Testified in front of legalists. Power.

By noon, Amazon took down both job listings from its website. A spokesman for Amazon told CNBC in a statement: “The job post did not contain an accurate description of the role – it was created by mistake and has since been fixed.”

The spokesman did not reveal what was wrong about the job description, which had been on Amazon’s open jobs site for at least a few days.

Labor practices of the Amazon have been noted before and during the coronovirus epidemic. In early March, tensions developed between Amazon and warehouse workers, with employees claiming the company did not do enough to keep the coronovirus from catching on.

The company further criticized, in April, it fired three employees, who were critical of its labor practices. Amazon said it fired employees after violating internal policies.

Prior to the epidemic, it faced criticism from leaders and employees over wage disparity between warehouse workers and corporate employees. Amazon later announced that it would raise the minimum wage to $ 15 for all US employees. Last year, warehouse employees also staged protests during Amazon’s annual Prime Day shopping event to highlight concerns about working conditions and wage practices.

Dania Rajendra, director of the Labor and Activist alliances, called the now-removed job listings “disturbing” and said the situation is evidence that Amazon is “targeting” workers to speak out.

“This job description is proof that Amazon wants to continue this course,” said Rajendra. “The public wants to know if Amazon will continue to fill these posts, even if they are no longer publicly posted.”

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