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Amazon to splash $500 million on holiday bonus amid threat of strikes

The American e-commerce giant Amazon has planned to splash $500 million on Christmas bonuses for its front-line employees. The company said on Thursday, full-time employees in the US from December 1st -31st will receive $300 while part-time employees will get $150.

The announcement came after the backlash faced by the E-commerce Giant via Unions and cutting of pandemic hazard pay. Dave Clark, the e-commerce group’s head of operations said, the whole holiday bonus will add up to the amount of $500 million and bring our total spent on special bonuses and incentives for our teams globally to over $2.5 billion in 2020.

Although, payment will be not initiated until January. The pay bump will equally apply to warehouse employees and delivery drivers. The company has been receiving harsh criticisms from unions who earlier this week organized a union drive to protest against the working conditions of the employees and the company's policy towards environmental impact became public.

The company was quick to deny the drive stated: “Amazon has a strong track record of supporting our employees, our customers, and our communities, including providing safe working conditions, competitive wages and great benefits, leading on climate change with the Climate Pledge commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040 and paying billions of pounds in taxes globally.”