Amazon to dole out bonuses to frontline workers

  • Amazon to dole out bonuses to frontline workers

Amazon to dole out bonuses to frontline workers

Amazon will provide frontline worker with more than $500-million dollars in bonuses.

Full-time warehouse workers, delivery drivers and Whole Foods Market workers who were employed by Amazon throughout June will receive $500.

"My thanks and gratitude for the truly remarkable commitment to customers you have shown throughout this journey", senior vice president of retail operations Dave Clark said in the memo announcing the bonuses to employees.

Store managers at Whole Foods are expected to receive a $1,000 bonus, and owners of Amazon's third-party delivery services will get $3,000. "I have never been more proud of our teams".

Earlier in the day, workers at six Amazon sites in Germany chose to go on strike in protest over safety after some staff at logistics centres tested positive for coronavirus, labour union Verdi said on Sunday. During the time, it also offered warehouse staff double hourly overtime pay.

Amazon in early June rolled back the $2-an-hour hazard pay, one of several retailers to cut such wage bumps even as the virus continued to spread among workers unable to shelter at home. Amazon countered by claiming these bonuses were due to increased online orders during lockdown periods, which it said has leveled off.

Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV.