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Amazon: Court of Appeal to Ruling Friday

Amazon has decided to extend the
closing of its French warehouses until next Saturday included in
awaiting the decision of the Versailles Court of Appeal concerning the restriction of its activity, scheduled for Friday April 24 at 2 p.m. “Following the appeal hearing held on Tuesday April 21, we
temporarily maintain the suspension of the activity of our
French distribution. We will reassess our position once
the judgment of the court of appeal will have been delivered Friday April 24 “specified Amazon in a statement.

In response to a decision by the Nanterre judicial court requiring the American e-commerce giant to assess the risks inherent in the Covid-19 epidemic
on its warehouses and restrict pending its activity to only
essential products, the group decided last week to temporarily close its distribution centers in France. Amazon said that the 10,000 employees, including a third of temporary workers,
who work in these six warehouses, will keep all of
their wages.

A petition is still circulating to demand the reopening of the warehouses. Launched by employees of the Lauwin-Planque site in Amazon, France, it has already collected more than 15,900 signatures. The signatories, who point out that they were “at no time”
requested by the unions, consider that “this injustice is weighing on
 our customers and our jobs. “

During the appeal hearing, Amazon France indicated having “once again presented concrete evidence on the security measures which have been implemented”. “These were applied in strict compliance with the directives of the French authorities and by associating the personnel representatives of our sites with them. »Judith Krivine,
 who defended Solidaires-SUD Commerce, pointed out during the hearing a
absence of risk assessment, in particular psycho-social, on the part
Amazon, and reports pressure on employees who
were asserting their right of withdrawal, according to statements reported by AFP.

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