Amazon raises minimum wage for UK and US staff

Amazon has raised the minimum wage for all its employees in the UK and US, after facing stinging criticism over the wealth of its founder and working conditions.
From 1 November, workers in London will see their pay rise to €10.50 an hour, while those outside the capital will see their pay increased to €9.50 an hour.
More than 17,000 employees and 20,000 seasonal employees will benefit from the changes.Currently, the hourly wage offered by Amazon UK is €8 an hour, while the voluntary "real" living wage is €10.20 an hour in London.The online retail giant is also raising the minimum wage in the US to $15 (€11.57) for more than 250,000 employees.
Amazon raises minimum wage for UK and US staff

Working conditions in Amazon's warehouses have come under scrutiny
Amazon has come in for sustained criticism from unions and politicians because of the working conditions in its warehouses, as well as its failure to pay workers a living wage.Senator Bernie Sanders has accused the behemoth of underpaying its workers and forcing them to seek public assistance.In July, he tweeted: "While Jeff Bezos' wealth increases by $275m (€212m) a day, Amazon workers are afraid to take bathroom breaks at work and are grossly underpaid."Mr Bezos, Amazon's founder and chief executive, has topped the rankings as the world's richest man, with wealth in excess of $165bn (€127.2bn).Announcing the wage hikes, he said: "We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead. We're excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us."
Amazon raises minimum wage for UK and US staff

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder, is worth an estimated $165bn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has reacted cautiously to the announcement, saying: "Amazon didn't gift this, workers organised for it."The fight goes on to improve working conditions and get this company to pay its fair share of taxes."
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