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19 Jul 2019

USA: Disney criticised for alleged poor working conditions in Disneyland resort

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Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of Walt Disney has accused Disney of poor working conditions, after meeting with Disneyland employees to better understand their grievances about their work.

She described meeting workers who claimed they had to pretend to be happy at work while struggling to make ends meet at home, and called out Disney CEO Bob Iger for a huge gap between his salary and the average Disney worker.

Walt Disney Co. responded: “ We strongly disagree with this characterization of our employees and their experience at Disney. This widely reported stunt is a gross and unfair exaggeration of the facts that is not only a misrepresentation...We continually strive to enhance the employment experience of our...employees through a variety of benefits and programs that provide them opportunity, mobility and well-being.

At our parks in Orlando and Anaheim, The Walt Disney Company currently pays its hourly workers an average of $19.50 an hour... But we understand the challenges workers and families face...That’s why we provide a wide range of benefits and initiatives to improve our employees’ lives at and outside of work..."