Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos became the richest man in the world with a net wealth of $141.9 billion, the Forbes World’s Billionaires list showed on Monday, 16 July.
Bezos’ wealth grew more than $5 billion since 1 June to beat Bill Gates, the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation, who is the second-richest man in the world with $92.9 billion.
Will there be no stopping for Jeff Bezos net worth?
20 years ago: $1.6 billion
10 years ago: $8.2 billion
5 years ago: $28.9 billion
2 years ago: $45.2 billion
1 year ago: $72.8 billion
But all was not well on Twitter for Bezos, with many pointing out a more serious issue.
They vented their anger on the working conditions of the Amazon employees, despite the Seattle-headquartered company being the second-most valuable company in the world.
– Forces employees to work past exhaustion
– Employees pass out from heat
– Employees are severely underpaid
– Employees cannot often take bathroom breaks
– Any unionization is fought
– Labor strikes are happening internationally
Fuck Jeff Bezos. Buy local.#PrimeDay
Strikes in Germany, Poland, Spain on #PrimeDay
Thousands of workers vowed to go on a one-day strike from Tuesday, 17 July at Amazon warehouses in Germany to demand better working conditions – joining colleagues in Spain and Poland in taking action against the world’s largest e-commerce company.
Germany’s Verdi services union called the strike to back its demand for labour contracts that guarantee healthy working conditions at Amazon’s fulfilment centers.
The one-day strike at six facilities in Germany coincides with Seattle-based Amazon’s Prime Day promotion.
Happy Amazon #PrimeDay!
1) Jeff Bezos is the richest person in history with $150b
2) 1,430 Amazon employees in Ohio qualify for food stamps
3) Warehouse workers are forced to work in high temperatures/are docked paid time for toilet breaks
4) Amazon barely pays taxes
5) See #1
Amazon said it expected only a fraction of its 12,000 workers in Germany to join the strike, and that there would be no impact on Prime Day deliveries.
Workers in Spain are out on a three-day strike, while in Poland they are staging a work to rule, Verdi services union said.
Amazon further said Amazon fulfilment center jobs offered competitive pay and comprehensive benefits from the first day of employment. Permanent staff earn $14.31 an hour or more after two years.
“We believe Amazon’s fulfillment center jobs are excellent jobs providing a great place to learn skills to start and further develop a career,” the company said in comments emailed to Reuters.
The workers found backing from US Senator Bernie Sanders who said they were “grossly underpaid”.
I stand with the Amazon workers fighting for decent working conditions and a living wage on #PrimeDay.
While Jeff Bezos’ wealth increases by $275 million a day, Amazon workers are afraid to take bathroom breaks at work and are grossly underpaid.NBC News
Amazon workers strike in Germany, Spain and Poland to coincide with Prime Day https://nbcnews.to/2zH8SG3
Germany is Amazon’s second largest national market after the US. Net sales grew by 20 percent last year to $17 billion, accounting for 9.5 percent of the total, according to the company’s annual report.