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· Amazon warehouse workers go on strike in Germany over coronavirus infections
· Amazon gives front-line workers a $500 coronavirus bonus
Amazon warehouse workers go on strike in Germany over coronavirus infections
o Amazon warehouse workers have gone on strike in Germany after staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
o Labor union Verdi said Amazon is endangering the lives of warehouse workers.
o Amazon said it will have invested approximately $4 billion worldwide on Covid-related initiatives.
Sam Shead, CNBC
Jun 29 2020
Amazon warehouse workers have gone on strike in Germany after staff at several logistics centers tested positive for the coronavirus.
The strikes are taking place at six of the e-commerce giant’s warehouses across the country on Monday and Tuesday.
German labor union Verdi said on Sunday that Amazon is endangering the lives of warehouse workers.
“Amazon has so far shown no insight and is endangering the health of employees in favor of corporate profit,” said Orhan Akman, who is responsible for the retail and mail order sectors at Verdi, in a statement.
Amazon denied that it was endangering the lives of workers.
A recent outbreak at a warehouse in the town of Bad Hersfeld infected at least 30 to 40 Amazon workers, the union said.
Strikes are being held at Amazon warehouses in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Rheinberg, Werne and Koblenz.
Similar strikes have also taken place in the U.S., where Amazon clamped down hard and fired workers.
Last month, Amazon VP Tim Bray quit “in dismay” at the firm’s crackdown. In a blog post, the Amazon Web Services engineer said the firing of protesters was evidence of “a vein of toxicity running through the company culture.”
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Amazon gives front-line workers a $500 coronavirus bonus
o Amazon on Monday said it will provide warehouse, delivery, Whole Foods workers, as well as some Flex drivers, with a one-time “Thank You” bonus for working during the coronavirus pandemic.
o Full-time Amazon employees will receive a $500 bonus, while part-time workers will get a $250 bonus.
o It comes as Amazon in June ended pay raises and double overtime pay for front-line workers.
Annie Palmer, CNBC
Jun 29 2020
Amazon is providing front-line workers with a one-time bonus to “show appreciation” for employees who continue to come to work during the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced Monday.
In a memo to employees, Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of retail operations, said the company will pay full-time warehouse, Whole Foods and delivery workers a $500 bonus. Part-time workers will receive a $250 bonus, while Flex drivers who deliver packages for Amazon will receive $150 if they worked more than 10 hours in June. Whole Foods store managers will get a $1,000 bonus, and owners of Amazon’s third-party delivery services will get a $3,000 bonus.
“My thanks and gratitude for the truly remarkable commitment to customers you have shown throughout this journey,” Clark wrote in the memo. “I have never been more proud of our teams.”
The bonus applies to full- and part-time workers who were with Amazon throughout the month of June, as well as teams in the U.S. and Canada.
In March, Amazon announced it would provide warehouse, delivery and Whole Foods workers with a $2 per hour pay raise, while warehouse workers were also given double overtime pay. The wage increases and double overtime pay came to an end in June.
Since then, workers have expressed frustration that their hazard pay was being cut even as the pandemic has persisted and they still face threats to their safety and health. Calling the situation “life or death,” a group of California-based Amazon workers have circulated a petition demanding the reinstatement of hazard pay, paid sick leave and child care pay, among other things.
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