Amazon hopes a small bonus will please staff working through COVID-19

Andrew Cummings
July 1, 2020

Still, some Amazon workers say the company hasn't adequately prioritized employee safety and welfare.

Sales at Amazon have shot up during the pandemic, with consumers turning to e-commerce as many retailers closed stores or limited shopping hours to comply with restrictions aimed at halting the spread of the coronavirus. The bonus varies in amount depending on an employee's position, with some bonuses totalling as high as $3,000.

Dave Clark, senior vice president at Amazon, said: "Our front-line operations teams have been on an incredible journey over the last few months, and we want to show our appreciation". $500 will be paid for full-time Amazon employees, Whole Foods Market employees, and Delivery Service Partner drivers while $250 for part-time Amazon employees, Whole Foods Market employees, and Delivery Service Partner drivers.

Amazon is handing out more than $500 million in perks for employees who worked the month of June.

The world's largest online retailer, which delivers about 10 billion items a year, has been facing intense scrutiny from USA lawmakers and unions over whether it is doing enough to protect staff from the COVID-19 pandemic. The company offered the extra pay through the end of May.

Photo (c) 400tmax - Getty ImagesIn the midst of all the coronavirus-related push-and-pull between Amazon and its employees, there's a new one to add to the positive side of the equation. Do you agree? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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