Hundreds of Doncaster Amazon workers set to receive pay rise

Hundreds of Doncaster Amazon workers set to receive pay rise

Hundreds of Doncaster Amazon workers set to receive pay rise

Amazon says it is offering raises to all hourly employees in its US warehouses and call centers, a move that follows criticism of the pay and working conditions for the retail giant's lowest-paid workers. The UK increase will give 17,000 full time and 20,000 seasonal workers a boost.

Amazon, which has been under fire over its pay for low-ranking workers, is increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The change applies to Whole Foods and all other subsidiary employees.

"We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead", said a statement from Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder and CEO.

After weeks of hammering Amazon for its treatment of its warehouse workers, U.S. Sen. Last month, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced legislation that would tax businesses for the cost of employees' food stamps and other assistance programs.

Continue reading for more reactions to Amazon's new minimum wage. Bezos also recently passed the $100 billion mark in net worth and now, by most estimations, is the world's wealthiest man. That revelation came from The Intercept, which reported that in four out of the five states that provided data, Amazon was one of the top employers of SNAP recipients.

Neil Saunders, managing director of the consultancy GlobalData Retail, said that the move could help Amazon recruit workers.

"With the Trump administration having previously taken aim at Bezos and Amazon, they need to be proactive to position themselves positively in the court of public opinion", said Tom Gimble, CEO of recruiting firm LaSalle Network.

Amazon has announced that it will raise its hourly minimum wage to $15. Washington state has the highest minimum wage in the country at $11.50 per hour, and Seattle, like New York City, has implemented a $15 minimum. More than 37,000 employees, including seasonal workers, will be affected by the change.

Why it matters: Employing more than 575,000 people globally, Amazon is now going to lobby Congress for a federal minimum wage increase.

The UK's National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage is now £7.83 an hour.

Jeff Bezos is no stranger to criticism, but raising the minimum wage across the board for his organization quieted some of the nay-sayers.

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