Amazon Announces To Pay $500 Million Bonus Package To Frontline Workers In US
Amidst widespread criticism of its poor safety practices, the e-commerce giant has announced ‘Thank You Bonus’ to employees who worked through June.
Amazon has announced a $500 million bonus package for its frontline workers and partners who have worked with the company through June 2020. This move, the firm claims, has been made to show appreciation towards its employees who have been braving the pandemic to keep things normal for the customers. This is a one-time bonus that will go to full-time as well as part-time employees of Amazon, Amazon-owned Whole Foods as well as drivers of its delivery service partners. The amounts to be given to individuals vary from $150 to $3000 depending on the nature of their work.
Being the largest e-commerce company in the world, Amazon has seen soaring demand in the past few months due to people being confined to their homes. The retail giant has been facing growing scrutiny from US lawmakers and unions over whether it’s doing enough to protect its staff from the spread of COVID-19. Recently, workers from six Amazon sites in Germany decided to go on strike, citing safety concerns after some staff at their logistics centres tested positive for the Coronavirus.
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