Amazon raises starting wage for its workers to $15 an hour
02 October, 2018, 21:58 | Author: Frank Williams
"We're excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us".
Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, has lashed out at Amazon recently for failing to pay a "living wage", to workers, leaving some dependent on safety-net programs like food stamps and Medicaid.
Amazon announced Tuesday it's raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour for all USA employees.
Amazon said it would increase its minimum wage for all full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees.
Target announced in September that it would raise its minimum wage to $11 an hour and $15 by 2020. The policy goes into effect Nov 1.
Amazon isn't the only company making moves to raise wages for its employees.
"We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead", Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement.
Amazon said the $15 minimum wage will apply to more than 250,000 employees and 100,000 seasonal holiday employees.
A public policy team employed by Amazon will begin pushing for an increase in the USA federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Walmart announced back in January that it plans to raise its minimum wage to $11 per hour. "The current rate of $7.25 was set almost a decade ago", said Jay Carney, senior vice-president of Amazon global corporate affairs.
Amazon said it wants to convince lawmakers to boost the federal minimum wage.
Last month, Amazon said that the average hourly wage for a full-time associate in its fulfillment centers was already more than $15 per hour.
Workers have been protesting against fast food chains like McDonald's Corp and demanding wage increases since 2012.
The retail giant revealed it would hike the minimum wage it pays workers in London to £10.50 an hour from £8.20 previously, and to £9.50 an hour from £8 for the rest of the UK.
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