Amazon to pay worker bonus amid risk of Black Friday strikes

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In 1 / 4 through which its revenues are anticipated to surpass $100 billion for the primary time, Amazon says it should spend $500m on a one-time Christmas bonus for its front-line staff.

The pay bump—which won’t be paid till January—comes amid plans for strike motion over the Black Friday buying weekend, and rising requires unionisation.

Dave Clark, the ecommerce group’s head of operations, on Thursday mentioned full-time employees employed within the US from December 1 to December 31 would obtain $300. Half-time employees would get $150.

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Practically 20,000 staff have had COVID-19, Amazon admits Inc. signage is displayed in front of a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, US, on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Enlarge / Inc. signage is displayed in entrance of a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, US, on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. (credit score: Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Photographs)

Amazon on Thursday launched high-level knowledge on COVID-19 an infection charges amongst its warehouse and in-store staff, saying that just about 20,000 “front-line” staff contracted COVID-19 between March 1 and mid-September.

Of 1.37 million individuals who labored both in Amazon distribution amenities or in Complete Meals shops throughout that interval, 19,816—or about 1.44 p.c—have had COVID-19, Amazon mentioned. The corporate launched the quantity within the context of a company weblog publish boasting of success with its mitigation measures.

“If the speed amongst Amazon and Complete Meals Market staff had been the identical as it’s for the final inhabitants charge, we estimate that we’d have seen 33,952 instances amongst our workforce,” Amazon wrote. “In actuality, 19,816 staff have examined optimistic or been presumed optimistic for COVID-19—42% decrease than the anticipated quantity.” The calculations don’t embrace Prime supply drivers, most of whom technically should not Amazon staff.

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