Amazon raises minimum wage for US and UK employees

Discussion in 'world politics, current affairs and news' started by editor, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Good move, long overdue. Now let's see the rest of the mega-rich corporates follow.
    Amazon raises minimum wage for US and UK employees

    Oh and this doesn't get them off the hook for all their tax-swerving though..
     
  2. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    They have a history of dumping injured workers without compensation. They also have working paces and expectations that can't be met. In one interview a worker commented that they choose what they get in trouble for. I have to doubt this changes any of that.
     
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  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I hope they get taken to task for all their cunty behaviour but this is a step in the right direction. The quicker wages set at (or above) the Living Wage become the norm, the better.
     
  4. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

    ... and, contrary to the title, Canadian workers will get the raise as well
     
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  5. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    On their track record concerning tax and the way employees are treated I decided to boycott them. That was about 4-5 years ago.
     
  6. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    And now we need a government that puts tax rules in place suitable to address their business model. We can then all shop online guilt free :D
     
  7. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    I believe May may have said something to that effect in her conference speech today. I look forward to the Tory enactment of closing all the loopholes employed by the tech giants and all other businesses and individuals to legally avoid tax.
     
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  8. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    I haven't stopped shopping online, just Amazon. In any case if you can be bothered to look around you can often find that they are not the cheapest at least for the sort of stuff I mainly used Amazon for which is buying computer parts.
     
  9. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    I was kind of thinking a non tory government who might actually do it :thumbs:
     
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  10. salem

    salem Well-Known Member

    Amazon have a lot of hated from me for many reasons, however credit where it's due.

    Their systems are not very labour intensive so this probably won't even cost them much in the grand scheme of things but will hopefully be picked up on by other companies.
     
  11. salem

    salem Well-Known Member

    The vast vast majority of the time ebay is cheaper than Amazon but requires a little more digging. No doubt many ebay sellers are as bad if not worse than Amazon but IME most are smaller companies that are a bit better to deal with.

    A lot of stuff - especially fulfiled by Amazon on prime is marked up extra to cover Amazon's absurd fees.
     
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  12. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    I don't boycott them, per se. I just tend not to buy anything new, unless its something I can't find any other way. Like most people, I have too much shit anyway. Don't need to be buying more useless crap.
     
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  13. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    I must remember that sarcasm is much harder to communicate in the written word.
     
  14. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    I don't know which Amazon you're using but I've found the exact opposite. In fact, I rarely, if ever, find computer parts cheaper on Ebay.
     
  15. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    Yes folks, here's the catch.

     
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  16. Mrs D

    Mrs D . Banned

    If something is say £8.50 on Amazon and £8.96 from your favourite UK-tax paying alternative, you can simply buy it from Amazon and then donate 45p to HMRC. This example would be no different from Amazon paying a ~5% tax on turnover in addition to other taxes that they do pay.
     
  17. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Yeah, that'll work.
     
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  18. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

  19. Duncan2

    Duncan2 Well-Known Member

    Amazon are about to open a distribution centre where I am.I can see this causing a stampede of logistics workers over to their new gaff.In this area experienced workers on day-shift are usually on around eight quid an hour.Can it be that employers rather than the law are going to set the pace on wages???Got to be another catch/caveat in this somewhere.
     
  20. petee

    petee i'm spartacus

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  21. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member


    Ottawa is getting a distribution center as well - we are very excited!!!!
     
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  22. Deej92

    Deej92 Member

    About time. Let's hope other big business follows suit.
     
  23. alcopop

    alcopop Well-Known Member

    Are they paying London living wage?
     
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  24. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw acknowledging ur soup leg

    They're paying minimum £10.50 p/h for London staff.
     
  25. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    LLW should cover the xurbs and commuter towns as well imo. Or rent controls. Fuckit, abolish money.
     
  26. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

  27. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    As I understand it, they're planning on raising the cost of a Prime membership by $20 and blaming it on this pay raise. How much you want to bet that it not only covers the rest pf the cost of the raises, but a little something extra too.
     
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  28. TomUS

    TomUS non-resident

    My concern is that Jeff Bazos may have to make painful sacrifices to his lifestyle because of this. :(
     
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  29. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

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  30. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    It's true. Liberals never think of the real victims.
     
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