Amazon has come out to say that it would award more than $500 million in one-time bonuses to its front-line employees in the US. This would be in recognition of their services during the holiday season and the coronavirus pandemic. Operational employees that are employed from 1st December to 31st December will be entitled to receive a bonus of $300; provided they are working full time; and $150 if they work part-time.
This development will bring Amazon’s total spent on special bonuses and incentives to roughly $2.5 billion during this year; which includes a $500 million ‘thank you’ bonus in June to workers that were most exposed to COVID-19.
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However, Amazon has faced a few backlashes from US lawmakers over its treatment of workers; and whether it has enough in place to guarantee a safe work environment. Vice reported today that the Seattle firm’s workers in 15 countries are planning to conduct strikes and protests on Black Friday, which is one of the biggest sales events of the year. By doing so, they intend calling out Amazon to improve pay and safety conditions in addition to recognising their rights to organise.
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