Amazon to pay $500m in bonuses

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Amazon has announced plans to pay out $500m (£374m) in global bonuses.

Full-time warehouse workers in the UK and the US will receive a £300 bonus, whilst those on a part-time contract will be paid £150 in the month of December.

Dave Clark, senior vice president of Amazon Worldwide Operations, wrote in a blog post: “I’m grateful to our teams who continue to play a vital role serving their communities.

“As we head into the peak of the holiday season, we want to share our appreciation through another special recognition bonus, totalling more than $500 million for our front-line employees.”

“Our teams are doing amazing work serving customers’ essential needs, while also helping to bring some much-needed holiday cheer for socially distanced families around the world. I’ve never been more grateful for, or proud of, our teams.”

The company, which is owned by the world’s richest man, has praised staff for working so hard during the pandemic.

Despite the bonus, there are still questions over Amazon’s safety measures in warehouses. The group was forced to shut down warehouses in France amid rows over the working conditions.

In a statement, the group said: “provides some of the most advanced workplaces of their kind in the world, with industry-leading pay, processes and systems to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all employees”.