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What you need to know about COVID-19: September 25, 2020
I am writing to express my disappointment with grocery stores ending the pandemic bonuses for its employees. This action clearly demonstrates how the pay was only a move to better their public image. It was only in place when media coverage of COVID-19 was at its highest.
However, the pandemic is far from over. The stress caused by it certainly hasn’t gotten any better. In fact, I would say it’s worse, as it is definitely busier in the stores, with more people not wearing masks.
I highly doubt the extra pay was putting a financial strain on the large chain stores, either. Grocery stores are one of the few places that have done well in the pandemic. The cruelest part of it is that they removed the pay quietly. The fact that there was more media coverage when they introduced it then when they ripped it away means that people could still think that employees are getting it.
Paying employees a living wage only when it’s convenient should not be celebrated. I think if they were able to quickly introduce it, they could have paid their workers more in the first place.
Living wages should be the norm. Corporations will only do good things if they’re forced by public pressure or legally required to. They don’t care about anyone, period, so people who are defending them are wasting their time.