Jeff Bezos says Amazon needs to do better for employees in last investor letter as CEO

Jeff Bezos

Amazon.com Inc needs to do better at taking care of its employees, Jeff Bezos has said in his final letter to shareholders as CEO of the online retail giant.

Jeff Bezos’ comments came just days after Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama voted against forming a union by a more than 2-to-1 margin – a major win for the retailer that has fiercely resisted unionization for decades.

“While the voting results were lopsided and our direct relationship with employees is strong, it’s clear to me that we need a better vision for how we create value for employees,” Bezos, the world’s richest man, wrote in the letter.

“I think we need to do a better job for our employees.”

Amazon, the second-largest private employer in America, has been criticized by some of its 800,000 employees for having harsh working conditions.

Jeff Bezos pushed back against that criticism in his letter, saying that reports that the company’s workers were treated “as robots” were inaccurate.

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Bezos, who is stepping down later this year as Chief Executive Officer of the company he founded in 1994, said he planned to work on how to make Amazon’s warehouses safer in his new role as executive chairman.

“His (Bezos’) admission won’t change anything, workers need a union – not just another Amazon public relations effort in damage control,” Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said in a statement.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to a growing list of other languages via Google AI Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru. Additional reporting by Munsif Vengattil. Editing by Aditya Soni.

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