Amazon raises minimum wage to $15 for all 350,000 US workers following criticism

Starting November 1, Amazon expects all e-commerce giants to affect over 250,000 part-time employees and 100,000 seasonal workers and will pay all Amazon employees a minimum wage of $ 15 per hour . Amazon also said it would lobby for a federal minimum wage increase of $ 7.25 an hour.

Amazon is facing increasingly fierce opposition to the treatment of warehouse workers. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has targeted an average wage of about $ 28,000, claiming that one of the three Amazon workers in Arizona previously helped publicly. According to documents recently filed with the Amazon SEC, the mid-term salary was $ 28,446 (half of the workers earned less). Payments of $ 15 per hour for employees who work 40 hours per week are calculated at a total annual income of $ 31,200 before overtime or $ 30,000 per year for unpaid leave for two weeks.

The company says that hourly wages will be paid without hitting any goal. Operating and customer service employees who already receive $ 15 hourly pay can also see an unspecified increase. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average US retailer wage is $ 13.20.

"We heard the critics and decided to think hard and lead us in what we wanted to do," Bezos said in a statement. "We are excited about this change and encourage competitors and other large employers to join us

The company also announced that it would charge a minimum wage of £ 9.50 in the UK (£ 8.50 increase), £ 10.50 (previously £ 8.20) for employees in the expensive London area. The Living Wage Foundation is raising 8.75 pounds of living allowance across the UK to £ 10.20 in London, and Amazon's new minimum exceeds both.

The movement is met with the prudent praise of the campaigner Senator Bernie Sanders praised Amazon's decision, saying that why other profitable businesses can not do the same " "

"Congratulations on your decision to Mr. Bezos.

British journalist James Bloodworth worked for three weeks at the Amazon service center in the UK Tweeting Scary productivity goals Is a disciplinary policy. "

Amazon is not the only company that raises wages in light of criticism. Earlier this year, the Walt Disney Company agreed to raise wages for workers at Walt Disney World to $ 15 an hour. Both Wal-Mart and Target raised their respective minimum wages by $ 11 per hour this year, with a goal to raise them to $ 15 in 2020.

October 2 at 10:20 am Update: Updated original article with Senators Sanders

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