INTERNET — Twitch has permanently banned popular streamer Hasan Piker after he announced his membership in the Amazon Labor Union. Because of his status as a ‘partner’, rather than an actual employee, experts say Amazon is able to avoid federal labor laws that forbid the firing of employees for unionizing. However, Piker has threatened a class-action lawsuit that he claims will reveal the so-called ‘partnership’ and ‘affiliate’ arrangement as a form of illegal false employment and seek damages for any unpaid benefits and wages.
“I am in every sense an employee of Amazon, just like the exploited warehouse workers, but I am able to use my wealth and influence to mobilize an army of lawyers to file a class-action lawsuit. We are going to be representing all Twitch partners and Affiliates, regardless of whether they decide to join the Amazon Labor Union, and we will make sure that they are treated equitably under the law, as any other employees would be,” Hasan told Internet Chronicle reporters in an exclusive interview, Thursday.
“I implore streamers to join the Amazon Labor Union, and to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are keeping these warehouses going. What they’ve done in banning me is highly illegal, and they will face the full consequences under federal law.” Hasan raised his clenched fist to the sky, “What we can do is special. We can give the little guy a voice. They deserve better, and so do the streamers, and so do all of the exploited workers of the world,” Piker said. “We have nothing to lose but our chains!”
Piker has fallen under criticism in recent months for the alleged hypocrisy of his socialist politics conflicting with his growing wealth and fame. But the critics are silent now, even admiring and praising his tough stance in support of workers’ rights.
“Finally, he’s put his money where his mouth is. This is socialism. This is leftism. I am proud to be a fan of Hasan now, even if I don’t always agree with him,” Twitter leftist RedKahina announced, to their following of thirty dedicated fans. “If more big names jump into this, we may even see a wave of actual socialism and unionization like the United States hasn’t seen in a century. This is the peaceful worker’s revolution that can change everything! Today Amazon, tomorrow The World.”