This decision was taken when a new court decision imposed a real assessment of the risks linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The company was the subject of six formal notices from the labor inspectorate and all of its French sites were inspected.
A “temporary stop” extended again. Amazon announced on Friday April 24 that it would extend the suspension of its distribution centers in France until Tuesday April 28 after a new court decision imposing a real assessment of the risks linked to the Covid-19 epidemic.
Friday afternoon, the Versailles Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the unions, which called for a real assessment of the risks linked to the new coronavirus, confirming the April 14 order of the Nanterre court, while relaxing the restrictions on delivery imposed on the company. The court thus specified and enlarged the list of products that Amazon can continue to deliver pending this assessment and limited the penalty to 100,000 euros per offense instead of one million euros.
“We have no choice but to extend the temporary suspension of the activity of our French distribution centers”, closed since April 16, “while we assess the best way to operate with regard to (this) decision” of justice, says Amazon. The logistics giant asks its employees to “stay home until April 28 inclusive”, while receiving their full salary. His clients “can still order millions of products from independent companies selling on Amazon and through our global logistics network.”