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Amazon again extends wage increases and doubles overtime pay for its workers until May 30, but both policies will end in June.
In March, Amazon announced it would raise hourly wages and provide double overtime for warehouse and delivery workers. It’s later widened these benefits until May 16. However, Amazon will not extend these policies beyond May 30, the company said.
“We are grateful to associates supporting customers during a time of increased demand, and are returning to our regular pay and overtime at the end of the month,” a company spokesperson said. News of the extension and end date was previously reported by Recode.
Workers can earn an extra $2 per hour in the US, £2 ($2.47) per hour in the UK, and around €2 ($2.16) per hour in many EU countries. Amazon currently pays $15 an hour or more in some parts of the United States for warehouse and delivery work. All employees working overtime in its US warehouses will earn double their hourly wages.
While Amazon has extended hazard pay for workers, it continues to face criticism for its decision to end its unlimited unpaid leave policy. Warehouse workers previously told CNBC that the policy was a valuable resource for them during the pandemic, allowing them to stay home without pay and face no penalties for missing shifts.
The spokesperson said Amazon continues to offer employees flexibility with its furlough options, which were recently expanded to accept applications from “high-risk individuals” or workers impacted by school closures. .
Tensions have risen between Amazon and warehouse workers nationwide as the number of confirmed cases and deaths at its facilities have risen. Warehouse workers have called for company put in place greater safety protections, including granting paid sick leave and closing facilities where there are positive cases for additional cleaning.
Amazon said he would invest its expected second-quarter profit of $4 billion in coronavirus-related efforts, such as wage increases, purchasing additional safety equipment for workers and boosting its coronavirus testing capabilities, among others . A spokesperson said the company spent nearly $800 million on wage increases for hourly workers and partners during the Covid-19 crisis.