Amazon will raise the lowest wage for its workers to $15 an hour after criticism of its low wages from Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Sanders had highlighted the gulf between Amazon’s lowest earners and its CEO Jeff Bezos treated their workers. Sanders pointed to reports that Amazon warehouse workers are paid less than industry averages and relied on food stamps, while Bezos was the richest man in the world, with a net worth of more than $168 billion.
Bezos said in a post on the company’s website that Amazon “listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead.”
Amazon’s will phase in the new policy from November 1. Its current starting pay varies by location but goes as low as $10 an hour at a warehouse in Austin, Texas.