LAST UPDATED: June 30, 2020, 011:00 a.m. EST: On Monday, Amazon announced the aid of $500 million in bonuses to workers, most exposed to coronavirus. This is done to gain trust in the eyes of Amazon employees. Amazon is paying this aid to workers who are working in the month of June amid COVID -19 virus.
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,” Dave Clark, the company’s SVP for worldwide operations
The help amount has been categorized for different posts. Amazon-Whole Foods employees and Delivery Service Partner drivers will get $500, Part-time counterparts will get $250 as of June bonus. Amazon’s Whole Foods employees in leadership positions will get $1,000. Amazon Delivery Service Partner owners will get $3,000 as bonus and Amazon Flex drivers who worked more than 10 hours in June will each get $150.
Earlier amazon provided $2/hour to amazon employees working in the COVID -19 pandemic that costed millions of dollars to the company. In June, they halted this $2 hazardous pay amount. This decision became an apple of discord between amazon management and employees.
At the start of may, amazon also halted the companies coronavirus program under which employees were allowed to take the unlimited unpaid time off. All these amazon activities created a sense of separation and distrust in amazon employees. The current released package is as a healing touch to keep the amazon employees satisfied with the company.
Amazon also reportedly working to create its own lab to test employees for coronavirus as the e-commerce giant struggles with safety issues amid the pandemic. Amazon is also being criticized for not reporting the exact numbers of employee casualties due to coronavirus. Amazon Workers and 13 state attorneys general also asked Amazon to on coronavirus cases and deaths among its employees.