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Lockdown heroes: will they ever get a raise?

The pandemic has created a sense of moral obligation towards key workers but high unemployment could limit their bargaining power

“Hero pay”, it was dubbed. When coronavirus took hold in the US in March, Christian Zamarrón and his colleagues at an Amazon delivery centre in Chicago were given an extra $2 an hour — a reward for being thrust into the frontline of America’s pandemic response. In June, Amazon withdrew the extra pay — one…

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