“The Squad” reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, along with 400 more politicians are pushing Jeff Bezos to clean up Amazon, and raise wages, according to Fox Business.
They’re pushing the pay hike, claiming that the world “knows that Amazon can afford to pay its workers, its environmental cost and its taxes.”
They also claim the company “dodged and dismissed [its] debts to workers, societies and the planet.”
Tlaib, Omar, and more penned a letter claiming that they want Amazon to raise its workers’ pay in all warehouses, to commit to zero emissions by 2030.
The letter alleges, Amazon’s employees “enter dangerous working conditions, enjoy little or no increase in their pay, and face retaliation for their efforts to defend themselves and organize their colleagues.”
“Through global tax dodging, you damage the public provision of health, education, housing, social security, and infrastructure.”
“While as a large company we welcome scrutiny from policymakers, the matters raised in this letter stem from a series of misleading assertions by misinformed or self-interested groups who appear to be using Amazon’s profile to further their individual causes.”
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Among the signatories to the letter are US congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib and the vice president of the European Parliament, Heidi Hautala, as well as a number of parliament members from the United Kingdom and leaders from Turkey, France and Greece.
They point out that Bezos’ wealth has increased dramatically during the pandemic as consumers stock up on essential items and turn to online shopping in greater numbers than ever before to avoid getting COVID-19.