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Amazon increases US minimum wage to $15 after criticism

October 03, 2018 / Al Jazeera

Online retail giant Amazon has announced it will raise its starting wage for United States workers to $15 an hour, bowing to criticism over poor pay and working conditions. The company said on Tuesday it would now lobby in Washington for an increase in the federal minimum wage and urged its competitors to follow its lead, as the union-led "Fight for Fifteen" movement pushes for higher remuneration. The increase pushes Amazon's lowest wage above that of Walmart Inc and Target Corp, but it is still seven dollars shy of the average for a non-management worker in transportation and warehousing in the US as a whole. The pay rise will apply to 250,000 employees, starting November 1, and to the more than 100,000 seasonal workers the company expects to hire for the holiday shopping season.