French union closes Amazon distribution centers


Following a court decision, Amazon temporarily suspends its distribution centers in France. The company announced Wednesday evening. A court in Nanterre near Paris had previously ordered the online retailer to limit itself to food, hygiene and medical devices. The process had been initiated by the Union Syndicale Solidaires union group.

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How long the suspension should run was explicitly not disclosed. "This week, we're going to ask our distribution center staff to stay at home," Amazon wrote. The court said on Tuesday that the online retailer had failed to meet its health and safety obligations in its logistics centers during the coronavirus crisis.

According to the court, Amazon in France needs to improve its corona protection and limit itself to ordering food, hygiene and medical products. The court also requires a risk assessment in all of the Group's French logistics centers and the implementation of any necessary health and safety measures.

The company is amazed at the verdict and announces legal remedies. Amazon has already invested heavily to ensure and improve employee security. For example, in the past four weeks it has brought 1.5 million protective masks and 27,000 liters of hand disinfectant to its French locations.


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