BILLIONAIRE AMAZON LOW PAY WAGE TO WORKERS has become a issue publically. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for being a multi-millionaire, while his company pays its warehouse workers “hunger wages.” Amazon says that Ocasio-Cortez is “simply wrong”.
“This Week,” the New York Democrat attacked Amazon, stating that low-paid workers contribute to Bezos’ status as the richest person in the world.
Amazon (AMZN) responded in a tweet on Monday saying that the company pays a minimum wage of $ 15 and offers full benefits in the first days of work for employees. The company also said it has pushed to increase the federal minimum wage.
Ocasio-Cortez said he does not care if Bezos is a billionaire if Amazon pays workers a “living wage,” along with benefits such as guaranteed health care.
“If that’s the case and Jeff Bezos is still a multi-millionaire, that’s one thing,” he said. But if Bezos’ billionaire status is “preached about paying hunger wages to people and depriving them of the ability to access health care,” he said that’s a problem.
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“These accusations are absurd,” Amazon said in a statement. “Amazon associates receive an industry leading payment starting at $ 15 per hour … Amazon pays 95% of the costs of continuing education tuition in advance through its career choice program for associates that They want to pursue a career in demand. “
Bezos’ net worth is approximately $ 117 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Its vast wealth comes from owning a sixth of Amazon’s stock, which has grown 962% since it made its public debut in 1997. Amazon has paid an annual salary of only $ 81,840 since 1998, and has never received an award of actions.