SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon.com said it would spend $500 million on one-time bonuses to its front-line employees and partners working through the coronavirus crisis.
Employees and partners who have been with the e-commerce company through June will receive bonuses ranging from $150 to $3,000, the company said in a blog post.
Dave Clark, SVP Operations, sent the note to frontline employees and partners – those who have been preparing orders in one of the fulfillment centers, delivering orders to customer homes or helping customers in a store.
“Our front-line operations teams have been on an incredible journey over the last few months, and we want to show our appreciation with a special one-time ‘Thank You bonus’ totaling over $500 million. All front-line employees and partners who were with the company throughout the month of June will receive a bonus,” it said.
The world’s largest online retailer, which delivers about 10 billion items a year, has been facing intense scrutiny from US lawmakers and unions over whether it is doing enough to protect staff from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier in the day, workers at six Amazon sites in Germany decided to go on strike in protest over safety after some staff at logistics centres tested positive for coronavirus, said labour union Verdi.