Frontline workers the ones who put their lives most at risk and now Amazon has come forward to recognise their services.
The American online giant announced yesterday (29 June) that it will be paying US $ 500 million as one-time bonuses to all its frontline workers, who worked relentlessly all through the month of June.
The decision holds significance following the heavy criticism that the retail stalwart had to face following its recent decision to slash coronavirus hazard pay to save costs.
Here it is imperative to note that earlier this month Amazon had cut its US $ 2 per hour hazard pay for workers after it had first instituted the higher wages back in March.
Expressing delight over Amazon’s decision to pay bonuses to its workers, Dave Clark, Senior Vice President, Amazon, stated that this is a special one-time thank you bonus to appreciate the efforts of all its frontline operations team.
Reportedly, while full-time Amazon workers will get US $ 500 million, part time workers will get US $ 250 million as bonus.
Those in leadership positions will be paid US $ 1,000 and Delivery Service partner owners are believed to get US $ 3,000.
Amazon has also been initiating safety measures at all its centres by providing face masks and sanitisers to workers, in addition to doing temperature checks for all, following recent criticism over its lackadaisical attitude to workplace safety.