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Amazon provides front-line workers a trip bonus of $ 300

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Amazon is offering front-line employees a one-time bonus to share their appreciation for their work on the way to "the high point of the holiday season," the company announced Thursday.

In a blog post, Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of retail operations, said that full-time employees who joined the company December 1 through December 31 will receive a $ 300 bonus. Part-time workers who are employed within the same period will receive a bonus of $ 150.

"I've been on Amazon for 22 vacations and this one is definitely one of a kind, to say the least," said Clark. "I am grateful to our teams who continue to play an important role in serving their communities."

Amazon said it will spend more than $ 500 million on the one-time vacation payments. In June, Amazon also spent $ 500 million on "thank you" bonuses for frontline employees who kept coming to work amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The company has spent billions of dollars on coronavirus-related investments since March, including wage increases, safety equipment, and improved cleaning measures, as well as expanding testing capabilities. Amazon issued temporary wage increases and double overtime pay at the height of the pandemic, but both incentives ended in June.

Since then, warehouse workers have been frustrated that their dangerous wages have been lowered, despite the ongoing pandemic and still facing increased health and safety risks in the workplace. In October, Amazon announced that more than 19,000 of its frontline workers in the United States contracted the coronavirus between March 1 and September 19.

Amazon defended its decision to end wage increases and double overtime wages, saying these wage bonuses were announced to "meet increased demand," which has since stabilized.

Retailers like Walmart and Target also started giving their employees bonuses at the start of the holiday shopping season.

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