Bernie Sanders praises Jeff Bezos on Amazon $15 minimum wage

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The company said Tuesday that the wage hike will benefit more than 350,000 workers, which includes full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal positions.

The wage increase will come into effect from 1 November and will effect more than 17,000 workers in the United Kingdom and more than 20,000 seasonal temps and agency workers, who will also receive the higher wage.

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

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has previously criticized Amazon's treatment of its workers, praised CEO Jeff Bezos Tuesday for his company's new $15 an hour minimum wage for USA employees.

Sanders did commit to working with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in his fight to raise the federal minimum wage. The change applies to all "full-time, part-time, temporary (including those hired by agencies), and seasonal employees" who are based in the US.

What's more, Amazon (amzn)-the second-largest private-sector employer in the USA -is now lobbying the government to increase the federally-mandated minimum wage, set nine years ago, from $7.25 an hour.

The online giant also said it will push Congress to increase the federal minimum wage, now at $7.25.

In 2017, the average Amazon employee made $30,000.

However, the senator gave him props for "doing exactly the right thing" in upping pay rates.

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Christine Owens, executive director at advocacy group National Employment Law Project, said Amazon's call for changes at the federal level was a "significant" move.

While it's unclear if Amazon's move was a direct response to the introduction of the bill, the raise means Amazon would no longer be subject to it - companies that pay at least US$15 per hour or more are not affected.

Vermont: In 2008, Vermont workers earned a minimum of $7.68 an hour. Walmart and Target have raised their starting pay in the past couple of years.

The decision also raises the stakes for potential workers at Amazon's so-called HQ2 competition - its plan to create a second headquarters, with as many as 50,000 jobs.

Amazon has announced that it will raise its minimum wage to $15 for all its workers.

That could be good news for numerous Internet giant's workers across North Carolina. It has faced stinging criticism of its labour practices, including grueling working conditions and lack of job security.

The company challenged Sanders calling his accusations "misleading". At the time, Bezos said the story "doesn't describe the Amazon I know".

Amazon, whose value topped an awesome $1 trillion in September, has been under political and economic pressure to pay its employees more.

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