By MARTIN LEIGH, AP Bookseller/Associated PressAn Apple Inc. executive is calling for a boycott of Amazon.
Com Inc. over the way the tech giant treats its booksellers.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday in an interview that Apple has hired some of its own bookseller staff as well as hired a legal team to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor alleging wage theft.
Apple has been a vocal opponent of Amazon, which it accuses of paying too little.
It also recently sued Amazon over its Kindle Fire tablet.
The Apple complaint said Amazon has no obligation to pay wages and benefits, including child care and health care.
The suit says Amazon is violating antitrust law by using the term “agency” to describe its arrangement with booksellors.
Apple said it is seeking a minimum wage increase of 2 percent over the next four years, which would be a major achievement.
“Amazon is violating our laws by not paying its own books and movies properly,” Cook said in the interview.
“We’ve hired our own bookkeepers to handle the books and movie deals, and that’s not just for us.
It’s for every other company.
“The Apple board has also discussed setting up a special committee to monitor Amazon, Cook said. “
“And if it turns out they’re not paying their books and films right, and they’re doing the wrong thing, we want to be sure that they are held accountable.” “
Cook said Apple is willing to spend up to $20 million on legal fees to enforce the boycott. “
And if it turns out they’re not paying their books and films right, and they’re doing the wrong thing, we want to be sure that they are held accountable.”
Cook said Apple is willing to spend up to $20 million on legal fees to enforce the boycott.
Apple also has a separate lawsuit in the U, filed against Amazon, alleging that the tech company is abusing its monopoly on the online retail market by charging excessive fees for e-books.
The lawsuit alleges that Amazon’s “fee for ebooks” has tripled since 2007, from $0.16 to $1.75 per book.
The board also has other antitrust cases pending in the courts, including a lawsuit in California against Apple, alleging it is abusing the antitrust laws in the company’s bookselling operations.
Amazon said Tuesday it will not comment on the boycott or its legal claims.
Apple, which has been the biggest customer of Apple products, has a monopoly on e-book sales at Apple Inc.’s stores.
Apple is the biggest single buyer of Apple devices in the United States.
Apple’s shares have been on a tear since the company announced plans to spend $1 billion on a second headquarters in Cupertino, California.
Apple and Amazon have been at odds since the start of last year, when Amazon refused to pay Apple $2 billion for its stock in the wake of the company not paying wages and other labor-related benefits to some of the 1.4 million employees who work at its headquarters in New York.