Amazon 'Listens To Critics' With Huge Pay Increase For UK Workers

Amazon boosting workers’ minimum wage to $15 an hour

"We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do and decided we want to lead", Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said in a statement. It also applies to workers at subsidiaries such as Whole Foods. The people who sort, pack, ship and deliver orders for Amazon shoppers are crucial to Bezos's desire to make Amazon the one-stop shop for every purchase people might desire.

Amazon's pay hike "shows the Fight for $15's momentum is unstoppable", Lachelle Slaughter, a McDonald's worker in Detroit said in a statement. The company has named 20 cities as finalists, including Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C. As Reason's Zuri Davis reported, the avowed democratic socialist has hammered Amazon in recent months for not paying its workers enough. They have drawn a contrast with Bezos' spectacular wealth: He is the richest person alive, worth an estimated $165 billion. At $15, a worker who works eight hours a day and 261 days a year would make $31,320. His democratic opponent, Christine Hallquist, has said she supports the increase.

After months of intense public pressure from progressive lawmakers like Sen.

The raise, announced Tuesday, covers all Amazon employees, including those at Whole Foods Market, which the company bought past year. Target said last September that it planned to raise hourly pay to $15 by 2020.

The company said it would also begin lobbying for an increase in the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage. With a healthy US economy, Americans looking for work have an increaseng number of job options, so Amazon has to find ways to entice people to join its company.

Sanders said he looks forward to working with Bezos on federal minimum wage legislation.

Amazon, like other retailers, may also have concluded that it needs to raise wages to reduce turnover and attract better job applicants at the company's crucial network of package warehouses and for positions in Amazon's growing network of self-delivery operations. The labour market is also tightening as the USA heads into the holiday season, which could naturally inflate wages.

Saunders added that the decision was "politically savvy".

Bezos is the world's richest man by a large margin-he is worth around $165 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index-but past year Amazon's median pay was just $28,446, which works out to around $14 an hour. It was offering at least $12.25 an hour in Omaha, Nebraska, $13 in Baltimore and $16.50 in NY, according to recent job postings. "Several people were getting released", Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry told The Associated Press. Bernie Sanders and others, Amazon stressed that the number reflects its employees' pay worldwide; the median salary for a full-time employee in the US, the company said, is $34,123 - a figure it said should be compared to other retailers.

Some employers pay even more.

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