Amazon to give US$500m in holiday bonuses to front-line US workers

Seattle’s Amazon to fork out $500 million in holiday bonuses to front-line US workers

Full-time the United Kingdom and the U.S. will get £300 or $300, with £150 or $150 for low maintenance staff. go to staff working between 1-31 December.

The retail monster has been one of the retail champs during Covid lockdowns as online conveyances soar when High Street shops shut down.

Like many of its rivals in the retail business, who had offered peril pay as an incentive for their workers so that they can still work in this pandemic, Amazon discontinued its bonuses after an economic outbreak inflated the levels of job seekers.

Labour activists in the USA, for example, recently called on big retailers like Amazon and Walmart to do more to protect workers as surging Covid-19 cases coincide with the holiday shopping rush.

Online sales and the coronavirus Amazon, as well as Walmart, Target, and other online retailers, have managed to successfully navigate the above-average online orders due to the pandemic, and with the holiday season, it will become a challenge to meet consumer demands.

"Our teams are doing incredible work serving customers' essential needs, while also helping to bring some much-needed holiday cheer for socially-distanced families around the world", Dave Clark, senior vice president of world-wide operations, wrote in a blog post.

The latest announcement of holiday bonuses comes as Amazon faces backlash over doling out $3,000 as a signing bonus to new hires while only offering $15-$30 Thanksgiving turkey vouchers to long-time employees. Earlier this week, a union drive organized by a group of workers at an Alabama warehouse became public, a rare step at a company that has worked to fend off organized labor in its ranks. In June, it paid one-time bonuses of as much as $500.

The bonus brings the total spent globally on special bonuses and incentives by Amazon to teams to over $2.5 billion in 2020. In total, Amazon will invest more than $500 million in the special recognition bonus.

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