What’s going on:
Amazon corporate workers staged a walkout on May 31, to protest the company’s return-to-office requirements, recent layoffs, and climate change issues, according to CNN Business. It was reported that over 1,800 employees committed to join the walkout, with organizers claiming more than 1,000 participated. However, Amazon stated that only around 300 people took part in the walkout.
The walkout was organized by Amazon Employees for Climate Justice and Amazon’s Remote Advocacy group, according to Seattle Times.
The protest also comes after Amazon announced layoffs of 27,000 workers over multiple rounds of cuts.
Why it matters:
The impact of the Amazon employee walkout may set a precedent for future worker activism. The staged walkout event shows how a growing number of employees are not satisfied with Amazon’s corporate policies, including its push for employees to be in the office at least three days a week.
How it’ll impact the future:
Other businesses and federal agencies have called for a return to the office. The Amazon walkout could inspire and embolden employees across other industries to advocate for maintaining remote work opportunities in their own workplaces. The walkout may prompt other large companies to reconsider return-to-office mandates. Increased employee activism may also place more pressure on other tech companies to provide greater flexibility for their employees.
Attracting and retaining talent in an increasingly competitive job market is important for large-scale and small-scale businesses. The walkout may lead to greater transparency, accountability, and the adoption of progressive workplace policies at Amazon.