Bezos faces backlash for comments on Amazon workers
Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos sparked heavy criticism this week after thanking his workers for paying for his flight into space.
After landing in his company's Blue Origin rocket ship ... Bezos and his crew members exchanged hugs and popped champagne.
He then thanked Amazon employees for making his trip possible.
"I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer for paying for all of this."
But not everyone was satisfied with the remarks made by the richest man in the world.
US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a quote: “Yes, Amazon workers paid for it - with lower wages, union busting, a hectic and inhumane workplace, and delivery drivers who have no health insurance during a pandemic. And Amazon customers pay for it. "Amazon is abusing its market power to harm small businesses."
Meanwhile, union president Stuart Applebaum told Reuters that Bezos' comments were "obscene":
"It is outrageous that Jeff Bezos says his rocket ship, the amusement park ride, was paid for by his workers. He could have done a lot more for humanity if he had instead paid his workers fairly and spent the money it needed was to protect their health and safety. " and their lives ... Jeff Bezos should do so much more for his employees. And to say now that they are the ones who paid for his jaunt is obscene. "
Bezos, who founded Blue Origin in 2000, hopes to develop a fleet of reusable spaceships and build a future where people can live and work in space.
He says Blue Origin is planning two more passenger flights to New Shepard later this year.
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