After receiving a lot of criticisms, the online retail giant Amazon is now raising the minimum wage of its thousands of workers in the US and UK.
One of the biggest companies in the world, Amazon, announced that it will start paying their employees higher starting on the First day of November. This decision of the company was based after it recently received stinging criticisms from unions and politicians over the wealth of its founder Jeff Bezos and the working conditions of its employees.
Employees with the lowest pay rate in Amazon will now enjoy up to $15 an hour while the minimum pay in the UK will be around £8.20-£10.50 an hour. But still, the wage depends on where the worker is employed in the UK. It is estimated that around 17,000-20,000 seasonal employees in the UK alone will be benefiting from the changes.
Bernie Sanders, a senator from the United States, allegedly accused online retail Giant that it is underpaying its employees and thus forcing them to seek public assistance. The Senator tweeted in July that while the richest man Jeff Bezos’ wealth steadily increases by $275 million a day, its workers are scared to take breaks and are badly underpaid.
With Amazon facing such criticisms, the founder Mr. Bezos replied that they have listened to their critics and have analyzed the situation of the company. He added that the company is excited to announce the changes that will be taking place in Amazon and said the company respects individual rights of associates that allows them to bring their comments and concerns to their management team.