Sep 29, 2021
Amazon offers bonuses to attract 20,000 temporary staff
Retail giant Amazon says it will pay bonuses to attract temporary staff as it recruits 20,000 seasonal UK workers. Some overseas workers have left the UK during the pandemic and as a consequence of the UK's departure from the EU. The furlough scheme, which ends this month, has also kept some workers out of the jobs market. Pay for the temporary roles starts at a minimum of £10 per hour, rising to £11.10 in some parts of the UK.However, in the past Amazon has faced accusations of poor working conditions both in the UK and the US, where it is the second largest employer. In March, Unite, the union, launched a whistleblowing hotline for Amazon workers in the UK. It also called for Amazon to allow British workers to unionise and to have a greater share of the firm's profits. In July, the union described working conditions at Amazon as "Charles Dickens meets 21st century Britain".
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