Amazon will pay one-time bonuses of $500 to logistics workers

Delivery driver delivering package

Delivery driver delivering package

Amazon on Monday announced that it has chose to pay out $500 million in one-time bonuses to front-line employees, those who are at the highest risk of contracting the coronavirus.

The bonuses will be distributed to workers at Amazon and Whole Foods, as well as delivery drivers, who worked the month of June.

The bonuses, which Amazon announced in a blog post on Monday, will cost the company some $500 million, said Dave Clark, the senior vice president who oversees Amazon's logistics group. Owners of third-party delivery services that partners will receive a $3,000 bonus, while Whole Foods managers will receive $1,000.

Amazon chose to end its $2-an-hour pay increase and double overtime pay beginning in June. In addition, warehouse workers would be entitled to double overtime pay. Amazon countered by claiming these bonuses were due to increased online orders during lockdown periods, which it said has leveled off.

Despite the company's claims that it has gone out of its way to make its warehouses safe and clean during the pandemic, workers worldwide have consistently called out the company's handling of the situation.

The bonus applies to both full- and part-time workers who were on Amazon's payroll throughout the month of June, as well as teams in the US and Canada.

Earlier in the day, workers at six Amazon sites in Germany made a decision to go on strike in protest over safety after some staff at logistics centres tested positive for coronavirus, labour union Verdi said on Sunday.

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