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Leonid Bershidsky

Jeff Bezos Isn’t as Generous as You Think

It’s easier for the company to appear generous where its employees haven’t been demanding more

An employee stacks items to be shipped.

An employee stacks items to be shipped.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Amazon.com Inc.’s decision this week to raise its minimum hourly pay is bizarrely limited to workers in the U.S. and the U.K. — even though employees in some of the e-commerce giant’s other big markets have been far more vocal in demanding better pay and conditions.

The good-vibe announcement came a day after labor union Ver.di called for another strike at Amazon’s five fulfillment centers in Germany to protest the company’s refusal to even discuss a wage agreement.