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Mercadona supermarket staff ring up 409 million euros in bonuses

The Spanish supermarket giant Mercadona. File photograph.
The Spanish supermarket giant Mercadona. File photograph. / EFE
  • The company said it wanted to "recognise the commitment and extraordinary effort" of the 90,000 people that make up its work force

During the hardest months of confinement due to the Covid-19 crisis, supermarkets were one of the few establishments that were open and their employees worked hard to serve customers in the best possible way under the circumstances.

Now the Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona has said it wants to "recognise the commitment and extraordinary effort" of the 90,000 people that make up its workforce, and has shared 409 million euros in 2020 bonuses, the company reported on Monday.

The extra 366 million euros distributed this Monday, must be added to the 43 million that the employees also received as recognition last April 2020. Although on average each employee would receive around 4,500 euros in bonuses, the company said that it cannot be calculated that way because each employee receives a bonus based on their salary and the number of years in the company.

Patricia Cortizas, Mercadona's general director of Human Resources and External Relations, said, “In a year like 2020, guaranteeing the opening every day of our more than 1,600 supermarkets in Spain and Portugal, would not have been possible without the talent and daily effort of each and every one of the workers that make up the company.”