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Amazon Tries to Prove It’s Not a Dickensian Workhouse  

By Editor - Thu Jul 11, 10:41 am

(Bloomberg Opinion) — You can identify companies’ sore spots by what gets them angry. Last week, the executive in charge of Amazon.com Inc.’s logistics operation tweeted a rebuttal to a television show. Comedian John Oliver had devoted one of his trademark scathing and hilarious HBO segments to the working conditions in warehouses that handle e-commerce orders. Amazon was not the only company pilloried, but it was the most prominent. “I am proud of our team and to suggest they would work in an environment like the one portrayed is insulting,” Dave Clark, senior vice president of operations for Amazon, tweeted to Oliver’s TV series.Clark last year also punched back against criticisms from Bernie Sanders, the U.S. senator and presidential candidate, who had repeatedly taken Amazon to task for what he said were low wages and poor treatment of warehouse workers. Soon afterward, Amazon essentially capitulated to Sanders by announcing it would increase the minimum wage for its U.S. workers to $15 an hour.  Nothing happens by accident, not even tweets

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Amazon Tries to Prove It’s Not a Dickensian Workhouse

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