Amazon is reopening its 6 distribution centers in France beginning today, according to a press reporter from CNN The business shut down the storage facilities in April due to a labor dispute with employees who alleged that the internet merchant wasn’t doing enough to secure them from the continuous COVID-19 pandemic. The six storage facilities are set to “slowly reopen” starting today, according to an Amazon spokesperson speaking with CNN
Amazon closed all 6 of its French warehouses on April 15 th after a French court provided a judgment that threatened to fine the company EUR1 million per product for shipping out anything besides medical supplies, hygiene items, and food products.
The court judgment came after a grievance from French unions representing Amazon’s employees who argued that the storage facilities were too crowded which Amazon wasn’t doing enough to secure them from the virus. Amazon argued that its operations were “intricate and varied” which the “the danger was expensive” to try to just ship items that satisfied the court judgment– thus the overall shutdown for the previous month.
A statement posted by the CFDT Services union provides more information on the contract, which includes health assurances, a voluntary go back to work for workers, adjusted schedules to aid with distancing, and increased pay of EUR2 per hour through completion of May.
Despite resuming in France, Amazon continues to struggle with safe work conditions for its workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, there have been seven understood COVID-19 deaths of staff members at Amazon storage facilities The company is likewise being frustratingly opaque about how many workers have actually been contaminated or passed away from the infection, with Amazon senior vice president of around the world operations Dave Clark calling statistics on infections “not an especially beneficial number.” Amazon has likewise fired a few of its employees who staged a walkout over safety concerns, which caused a senior engineer and vice president resigning from the company in demonstration.