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Union-tracking software proposed by Amazon

October 7, 2020 | software | No Comments

Amazon has seen more attempts to unionise in recent months, including employees marching to founder Jeff Bezos's mansion
Amazon has seen more attempts to unionise in recent months, including employees marching to founder Jeff Bezos’s mansion

Amazon has responded to a leaked memo about plans to track union activity among workers by saying it is happy for its staff to join labour organisations.

The memo, viewed by website Recode and not disputed by Amazon, discusses plans for a system that would analyse data on unions alongside other threats to the company such as weather and crime.

Last month Amazon advertised for two intelligence analysts to report on union activity, among other duties.

It later withdrew the adverts.

In a statement to the BBC, Amazon said: “We respect our employees’ right to join, form or not to join a labour union or other lawful organisation of their own selection, without fear of retaliation, intimidation or harassment.

“Across Amazon, including in our fulfilment centres, we place enormous value on having

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What makes Pegues’ case so interesting is that he has taken a much bolder approach to encouraging innovation than many other city CIOs. In my experience, cities often set up limited innovation zones where they experiment with technologies before rolling them out more widely. Pegues has eschewed this intermediate step and turned his city into one giant innovation sandbox through his 605 Innovation District project (605 being the first three digits of the five zip codes in Aurora).

It’s a bold move—and one that isn’t without risks. But the initiative shows how a forward-thinking CIO willing to embrace and successfully manage those

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