Oct 18, 2021

Amazon offers bonuses of up to £3,000 in run-up to Christmas

Fears over worker shortages have already prompted other firms to warn of problems in the run-up to Christmas. As first reported in the Guardian, the company's latest recruitment drive has included a £3,000 bonus for full-time workers at sites such as its Exeter warehouse, while in Peterborough, new temporary and permanent workers are offered a sign-up bonus of £1,500.Pay for the temporary roles starts at a minimum of £10 per hour, rising to £11.10 in some parts of the UK.Over the past few months, the shortage of workers in a range of sectors has led to delivery delays and waste. Mick Rix, national officer for the trade union GMB, said: "Amazon has been a pandemic profiteer - raking in astronomical sums during the Covid crisis."It is only right that they listen to the union representatives of their workforce and ensure that Amazon workers share in the vast profits that the company are making. In the past Amazon has faced accusations of poor working conditions both in the UK and the US, where it is the country's second largest employer. In March, the Unite 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.

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