Co-op employees in Northants to be awarded an extra week’s pay as a ‘thank you’ for hard work during pandemic

More than 7,000 frontline workers will receive the reward

By Carly Odell
Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 3:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 3:46 pm

A food shop chain is setting up an employee bonus to thank them for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Central England Co-op says employees have been working round the clock to keep deliveries going and to keep stores stocked with essentials, as well as funeral staff who have continued to work with families.

As a ‘thank you’ all the 7,400 frontline staff employed by the region's Co-op branch will receive an extra week’s pay in their June pay packet.

Co-op is rewarding its staff for their hard work during the pandemic.

Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op chief executive, said: “Our colleagues have been doing a tremendous job ensuring our communities continue to have access to vital essentials and services during this uncertain time.

“Our teams in food stores and distribution have worked around the clock to ensure that our stores stay open and communities can stay safe while getting the food they need.

“Our funeral colleagues have been there for the families of loved ones in our care.

“This is why, in the spirit of co-operation, we are rewarding colleagues on the frontline in our stores, distribution hubs and funeral homes with one week’s extra pay in June in recognition of their phenomenal support.

“This reward is just one of the ways we are saying thank you and showcasing the importance of our frontline workers in helping keep our communities safe and supported.”

The bonus comes after colleagues saw their employee discount increase from 10 percent to 20 percent.

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