Jeff Bezos has been called out by Amazon employees after he thanked them for helping fund his space launch.
Bezos shot himself into space last week, July 20, in his Blue Origin spacecraft. After landing, he celebrated the trip and said it was made possible by his employees’ hard work.
Bezos gave thanks to ‘every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer, because you guys paid for all this’. However, Amazon employees have since criticized the founder and former CEO.
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) July 20, 2021
The Blue Origin spacecraft is thought to have cost in the region of $28 million (£25 million). It was paid for by billions of dollars of Amazon shares sold by Bezos himself. This resulted in Bezos becoming the wealthiest man to ever have entered space.
However, Bezos dedicating the trip to his workers was not received well. The Amazon founder has even been accused of exploiting his staff to fund the flight by Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez said: ‘Yes, Amazon workers did pay for this – with lower wages, union busting, a frenzied and inhumane workplace, and delivery drivers not having health insurance during a pandemic.
‘And Amazon customers are paying for it with Amazon abusing their market power to hurt small business.’
Jeff Bezos, exploits his workers, engages in union-busting, and doesn’t pay his fair share in taxes.
People’s pain and suffering paid for this little joyride.
It’s time to #TaxTheRich
— Raleigh Bowman for Congress (@RaleighBowman) July 20, 2021
Amazon workers took to Twitter too, to respond to Bezos’s thanks. One said: ‘What’s wrong with billionaires monopolizing space while the earth falls apart?’
Jeff Bezos spent an unfathomable amount of money on a short trip to space while Amazon workers can’t make ends meet. We can’t wait for the day when every Amazon worker has a union.
— Emergency Workplace Organizing (@organizeworkers) July 20, 2021
— StopBezos (@StopBezos) July 25, 2021
— Jan Dirk Geertsema (@jdgeertsema) July 21, 2021
lol, we could replace Jeff Bezos with a toaster and Amazon would be a kinder, more efficient company.
We’re more concerned with a private company using a patterned history of worker exploitation and tax evasion to fund a billionaire’s elite space tourism scheme for the top 1% https://t.co/RGIwlPGyAL
— Tristan Greene (@mrgreene1977) July 21, 2021
The crazy part is Amazon makes so much money that they COULD have paid their employees living wages, with good benefits, and Bezos would STILL have been a billionaire and been able to go to space.
With Bezos in space, there’s never been a better time for Amazon Workers to finally be able to go take a bathroom break
— WickedTall (@AnAvidTVWatcher) July 20, 2021
Pissing in a bottle so that my boss can fly in a dick-shaped rocket
— not a master’s student (@mscstudent_upf) July 21, 2021
My first tweet as an .@amazon employee – I’m so angry that my boss thinks going into space is more important than the people who got him there … Jeff Bezos launches to space aboard New Shepard rocket ship https://t.co/76f0BUTujU
— Amazonian (@Shamazonx) July 21, 2021
A third joked: ‘With Bezos in space, there’s never been a better time for Amazon Workers to finally be able to go take a bathroom break.’