Bunnings staff are handed $2,000 ‘essential worker’ bonus payments for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic
- Staff at Bunnings are set to be handed up to $2,000 cash as a bonus payment
- The hardware giant is rewarding staff for their hard work during the pandemic
- Stores have been slammed with desperate shoppers stocking up on supplies
- Bunnings sales have spiked by 19.2 per cent in the five months to May 31
Staff at Bunnings are set to be handed up to $2,000 as a bonus payment for working during the coronavirus pandemic.
The hardware giant has been inundated with desperate shoppers stocking up on supplies since the crisis began to escalate in March.
At the height of the pandemic the company made a desperate plea for patience after staff repeatedly had to deal with ‘disrespectful, impatient people’.
To say thanks for their hard work, employees are being rewarded with cash.
Staff at Bunnings are set to be handed up to $2,000 as a bonus payment for working during the coronavirus pandemic
The hardware giant has been inundated with shoppers since the crisis began in March, with many desperate customers even stocking up on supplies throughout the lock-down
Full-time permanent staff will get up to $1,000, part-time staff and casual workers will receive an amount based on hours worked over the past six months.
Store support centre staff will receive up to $500.
‘We wanted to say a sincere thanks to you all for supporting us through this difficult time,’ Bunnings managing director Mike Schneider said.
‘We know that the past six months has been really challenging for all of our team in different ways, so on behalf of the Bunnings leadership team a huge thank you to you all for a truly incredible effort this year.’
Mr Schneider said the team had dealt with a number of challenges, from the drought, bushfires, floods and now the pandemic.
‘Our teams have worked incredibly hard to keep our stores open and safe for everyone.
‘We’re thanking our team for their truly incredible effort, and will reward them in the best way possible, and we wanted to do this as early as we could after the end of financial year.’
Shoppers flocked to the hardware store to stock up on supplies to crush their boredom during the lockdown with many Australians chose to begin their long-awaited DIY projects
The store’s shelves were stripped of supplies, especially its face masks which were in high demand
Bunnings sales spiked by 19.2 per cent in the five months to May 31, thanks in large part to the pandemic.
Shoppers flocked to the hardware store to stock up on supplies to crush their boredom during the lockdown with many Australians chose to begin their long-awaited DIY projects.
The hardware store’s garden section was particularly hard hit by shoppers seeking out seedlings and packets of seeds at stores across the country.
One worker broke down in tears as he spoke about the appalling treatment from customers in the wake of coronavirus panic buying.
‘It’s a struggle … we are trying, we are definitely trying 100 per cent … trying not to have a breakdown is impossible. Woolworths, Coles any retail worker, we are doing our best,’ the worker said.
‘We are run off our feet, we are trying our best – understand that everyone, and for those that are giving us respect and are being patient we can’t thank you enough.’
The photos snapped show the Bunnings store at Alexandria, in Sydney’s south, with half the shelves bare in the outdoor nursery department
Pictures have emerged of a Bunnings store with its shelves stripped of seedlings as panic-buyers prepare for the worst amid concerns of a coronavirus pandemic