It's no secret that supermarkets have seen an influx of customers due to the coronavirus pandemic. With many fearing lockdowns, consumers have resorted to stockpiling essential household items such as pasta, toilet paper, and cleaning products, leaving many supermarkets shelves completely bare.
Of course, this has meant that workers have had to work extra hard these last couple of weeks. And in a bid to reward their employees for their hard work, budget supermarket Aldi has announced that it will be giving staff a 10 percent bonus, per The Sun.This is the controversial moment a man licked items on a supermarket shelf while asking "who's scared of coronavirus?"
A brief statement on Aldi's website reads: “Aldi has today announced enhanced pay for its amazing colleagues, who have been working tirelessly throughout this extremely busy time.”
It also revealed, according to The Sun, that bonus will be backdated to March 9, 2020.
The amount each employee receives will be based on contracted hours and any extra hours they have worked since March 9. Furthermore, the bonus is for both store and distribution staff.
The move comes days after Tesco offered its own staff a 10 percent bonus.
Jason Tarry, UK and ROI CEO at Tesco said, per The Sun: “It’s been an extraordinary couple of weeks and despite the enormous challenges, it’s been incredible to see how colleagues have stepped up and responded, doing an outstanding job during this uncertain and difficult time.
"This pay bonus is just one way we are saying thank you to our colleagues and recognizing that they are on the front line, helping to feed the nation.”
In related news, Aldi also announced on Twitter that it would be opening early for emergency workers amid the pandemic.
The grocery giant tweeted: "It's never been so important to look after each other. From this Sunday, we'll be opening early for emergency workers. Scottish store times differ slightly and will be open between 8.30 am and 9.00 am."