Now will the multi-billionaire Amazon CEO get the message?
There's no denying that some people have too much wealth...
via: GettyAnd Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is most certainly one of those people.
It's no secret that thousands of the online retailer Amazon staff aren't paid properly...
via: GettyAnd this subject has been debated and protested for quite some time.
But now, it seems that some former Amazon workers have decided enough is enough...
via: GettyAnd they recently went all the way to Bezos' $165 mansion to ask for a simple $2 pay rise amongst his staff.
Now, we all know that Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest man in the world.
via: GettyThe title all of us dream of one day acquiring, let's be honest!
For years now, Bezos has been topping the official list of our world's billionaires...
via: GettyThe only man close to matching Bezos' eye-watering net worth is Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, who is worth around $114 billion.
First thing's first... Where does Bezos' wealth come from?
via: GettyNobody is born with that kind of money, so where did it all start?
Bezos always held a huge passion for computers and went on to study computer science and electrical engineering at Princeton University.
via: GettyAfter graduating, Bezos spent some time working on Wall Street but, 4 years later in 1995, he quit to open his own online bookstore from his garage - Amazon.com.
The birth of Amazon.com changed everything for Bezos.
via: GettyThe initial success of the online store was staggering. Within the first thirty days, Amazon.com had sold books all across the United States, and across forty-five foreign countries.
And the online retailer only went from strength to strength.
via: GettyIn the mere years following from its launch, Amazon.com began stocking a wider variety of products, such as electronics, clothing, and toys, making it the number one online retailer.
It's yearly earnings kept multiplying...
via: GettyAnd, as of August this year, the company alone has been reported to be worth $1000B.
Bezos's accomplishment with Amazon is staggering...
via: GettyAnd he didn't stop there. In 2013, Bezos revealed that he had purchased the Washington Post, which he has since made profitable with a revenue of over $100 million.
Bezos has embarked on many ambitious quests in his career.
via: GettyIn May last year, he proudly unveiled Amazon's "Blue Moon", his very own lunar lander project which will hopefully "help man get onto the moon."
But, despite all of his success...
via: GettyBezos has faced a significant amount of controversy regarding his work ethics and spending habits.
It has been revealed that Bezos provides a shockingly low standard of working conditions for his employees.Over the last couple of years, more and more stories of Amazon workers being forced to work unethical hours for ridiculously low wages - as little as $10 an hour, in some instances - have been emerging.
Oh, and Amazon paid $0 in federal taxes in 2018.Despite the retailer being one of the most valuable companies in the world, and pulling in $232.9 billion in global revenue in 2018, they paid absolutely nothing in federal tax that year. Doesn't look great for the wealthiest man in the world, does it?
But, regardless of all the controversy surrounding the business tycoon...
via: GettyBezos still remains one of the most powerful men in the world, and a little tax evasion and unethical labor definitely won't be fazing him anytime soon.
But isn't it about time that the multi-billionaire starts listening to the people who work so hard for him?
via: GettyWell, a group of former Amazon workers and labor activists held a rally over the weekend... and it took place right outside of his $168 million Beverly Hills mansion.
Around 100 people gathered at Will Rogers Memorial Park and then marched to Bezos’ home.
The protest was organized by the Congress of Essential Workers, which was founded by former Amazon worker Christian Smalls. Smalls was fired by Amazon in March after publicly speaking out and organizing protests at the JFK8 warehouse on Staten Island where he worked.
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Amazon claimed he was terminated because he violated a company-imposed quarantine...
via: TwitterAnd a leaked memo written by Amazon general counsel David Zapolsky described Smalls, a Black man, as "not smart or articulate," and said the company should focus its anti-union PR efforts on making Smalls the face of unionization efforts.
If it wasn't for Smalls and his colleagues, Bezos wouldn't be where he is today.
via: Twitter"Cancel your Prime, stand in solidarity with the workers," Smalls said during the rally. "You don't need Jeff Bezos. He needs us. We made him the richest man in the world."
The demonstrators’ demands included free childcare and healthcare for all employees...
via: GettyCompany shares for workers, a $30 minimum starting wage for workers, and the closure and sanitation of buildings with COVID-19 outbreaks.
They also demanded the reinstatement of $2 per hour hazard pay for employees until the end of the pandemic...
via: GettyWhich the company ended back in June.
The demonstrators also held a moment of silence for Amazon workers who had died of COVID-19 due to their working conditions.
via: GettyLast week, the company finally disclosed that more than 19,000 Amazon workers had tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic, though they didn’t disclose the number of deaths within the company’s workforce.
Do you think Bezos will listen to the demands?
via: GettyOr do you think he'll just simply brush them off as he always has done? For more, keep on reading to find out why Bezos asked the public to "pitch-in" for sick pay for his staff...