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Luke Westby
Luke Westby

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Amazon and Microsoft workers will join the Global Climate Strike

Recently Atlasssian announced that it will encourage its employees to join the Global Climate Strike on September 20th.

Now, groups of Amazon workers and Microsoft workers have each announced they are organizing walkouts to join the strike. Unfortunately, neither Amazon nor Microsoft have taken the same anti-ecocide stance as companies that Atlassian has put forth.

In addition to showing solidarity with the global demands of the strike, about 1000 Amazon workers linked their walkout to specific demands for Amazon to meet emissions goals that align with accepted science and divest itself of business with fossil fuel producers and major polluters. Microsoft tech workers are organizing a similar effort in order to push Microsoft in the same direction.

These actions seem to form a convergence between global efforts to push powerful entities across the world to end the climate crisis and organizing within major tech companies to embrace ethical responsibility for the impact of their products.

I hope all tech workers here on DEV will join me in both expressing gratitude to these Amazon and Microsoft workers for risks they are taking in confronting their employers, and providing direct solidarity by marching on the 20th yourselves.

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Discussion (2)

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Sam Osborn

I am in solidarity.
A powerful reminder that collective bargaining and strikes are tools we all still have, even when wages are fair. We should see this as an invitation to remember that workers, united, can accomplish great things, including ecological justice.

Hopefully this is the first of many such walk-outs: business as usual is a path to extinction.

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Pablo Oliva

There are actions planned all across Germany on the 20th. I will be taking my kids to the local demo here in Augsburg.