European lawmakers wrote a letter to Jeff Bezos asking if Amazon is targeting employees who want to unionize. 36 European Parliament members have asked the Amazon CEO if the company hires intelligence agents to spy on trade unionists, employees, and politicians to stave off potential union organizing.
- The letter comes after Amazon posted job openings for "intelligence analysts," who would be tasked with monitoring perceived threats against the company including trade unions and "hostile political leaders." Amazon has since deleted the postings.
- The letter expresses concerns over whether European trade unions and lawmakers are impacted by Amazon's "threat monitoring" to suppress collective action.
- The Parliament members wrote that Amazon's profits during the pandemic don't exonerate the company "from respecting fundamental legal principles."
- Union leaders have also asked the EU to investigate if Amazon's alleged surveillance is a breach of European data, labor, and privacy laws.