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Amazon Raising Minimum Wage For US Workers To $15 Per Hour

Amazon Raising Minimum Wage For US Workers To $15 Per Hour

Some hourly Amazon employees who already make $15 per hour will also see a wage increase, the Seattle company said.

As the "Fight for $15" kicks off its latest campaign, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos on Tuesday urged "our competitors and other large employers" to join the e-commerce giant in hiking worker pay, adding that "we listened to our critics".

Doug Gurr, Amazon vice-president and UK Country Manager, said: "We're excited to announce we are raising our minimum wage for employees from November 1".

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said the company was heeding complaints about its pay structure.

Amazon also said it would begin lobbying for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which is now US$7.25. Amazon has more than 20,000 employees in Texas and thousands will qualify for the wage increase. "I want to congratulate Mr. Bezos for doing exactly the right thing".

He called on other companies like Walmart and fast food retailers to follow suit. His Twitter account, which has almost 9 million followers, frequently points out the disparity between Amazon's median employee pay and Bezos' vast fortune. We annualized this compensation for employees who did not work the entire year, except for employees designated as seasonal or temporary.

"This is about ensuring we retain, hire, and develop the best talent in the world", he said.

Amazon announced that all its United States workers will get a raise to $15 from as low as $10 per hour.




In 2017, the average Amazon employee made $30,000.

The company's leadership hailed the move as a moral win.

Earlier this year, Target increased its minimum wage for employees to US$12, with plans to raise it to US$15 by 2020.

Amazon is raising the minimum wage for all of its workers to $15 an hour next month, the company announced on Tuesday morning. The mean hourly wage for non-management workers in transportation and warehousing is $21.94.

"We will be working to gain congressional support for an increase in the federal minimum wage".

The company has a history of complaints about gruelling workplace conditions and lower wages, and has had to deal with lawsuits, picketing and issues with management tactics.

Sanders claims many Amazon workers need food stamps to feed their families, though Amazon has disputed his figures. "Mr. Bezos and Amazon are now leading the way". "That is absurd", Sanders said. The company's total value briefly eclipsed $1 trillion last month.

"Amazon is proud to have created over 130,000 new jobs past year alone", the Amazon blog post said in August.

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