Apr 15, 2020

Coronavirus: Amazon shuts French warehouses after court ruling

Amazon is going to temporarily close its six warehouses in France after a court ordered it to stop all but essential deliveries. The court said Amazon had "Failed to recognise its obligations regarding the security and health of its workers". In a statement released after the ruling, Amazon said: "We're puzzled by the court ruling given the hard evidence brought forward regarding security measures put in place to protect our employees." Amazon has experienced a surge in online orders globally as a result of the coronavirus pandemic - leading to increased scrutiny of its treatment of workers. Last month, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Amazon was putting "Unacceptable" pressure on its workers by refusing to pay them if they didn't go into work.

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