Over 18,000 Employees To Be Fired By Amazon Due To 'Uncertain Economy'
"The company's management is "fully aware that these role eliminations are distressing for people, and we don't take these decisions lightly," said CEO Andy Jassy.
WASHINGTON: Due to "the uncertain economy" and the fact that the online retail giant "hired swiftly" during the pandemic, Amazon stated on Wednesday that it will be eliminating more than 18,000 positions from its workforce.
In a memo to his team, CEO Andy Jassy stated, "With the reductions, we announced in November and the ones we're sharing today, we aim to cut slightly over 18,000 roles." In November, the corporation announced 10,000 layoffs. The company's management is "fully aware that these role eliminations are distressing for people, and we don't take these decisions lightly," according to Jassey.
He added, "We are working to accommodate people who are affected and are providing packages that include a separation payment, transitional health insurance coverage, and outside job placement support. Some of the job cuts would occur in Europe. Jassey remarked, adding that the affected employees would be notified beginning on January 18.
He claimed that "one of our teammates exposed this information externally," which is why the quick statement was made. Jassy declared, "Amazon has survived unstable and challenging economies in the past, and we will continue to do so.
In fact, the shop has doubled its global personnel between the start of 2020 and the start of 2022 in order to fulfill the pandemic's explosive demand for delivery. At the end of September, the company had 1.54 million employees worldwide, excluding seasonal workers hired during busy times, particularly the holiday season.
Recent sources claim that Amazon is also under fire from critics for allegedly treating a worker's death improperly at one of its locations. At an Amazon warehouse in Colorado over the holidays, a man passed away while working. In other images that have gone viral on social media, management is accused of piling boxes around his body while allowing workers to keep working just a few feet away.
An Amazon representative refuted claims that workers covered the man's body with boxes in a phone discussion with the Daily Dot on Wednesday. The area where he died, they added, has been shut down for a while.
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