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“If there is one who is contaminated in the chain, it will contaminate the others in fact”, is indignant a trade unionist at Amazon in Loiret

For him, management does not apply enough health safety rules because of the coronavirus.

“If there is one [employé] which is contaminated in the chain, it will actually contaminate the others “, explains Wednesday March 18 on franceinfo Jean-François Bérot, trade unionist Sud-Solidaire at the Amazon warehouse in Saran in Loiret. A walkout took place until 3:30 p.m. to bring the employees together and request the application of the right of withdrawal as it is a non-essential business.

Franceinfo: Does Amazon apply the safety regulations in your warehouse?

Jean-François Bérot : We are forced to note that despite all the efforts they can write, we cannot follow the instructions for maintaining distances. We have no freezing at the posts, we have no freezing at the bottom of the stairs when we are asked to hold the railing as a safety measure. We handle items in a chain.

An article that returns to Amazon, it will be handled by at least 20 people before coming out.Jean-François Bérot, Sud-Solidaire trade unionist at Amazonat franceinfo

When we hear the daily news that becomes more alarming about the virus in the air, it can last on the surface for a certain number of hours. If there is one that is contaminated in the chain, it will contaminate the others, in fact, and potentially, the customers too, since we manage to deliver fairly quickly.

How many people are in Saran’s warehouse?

There are 1,700 employees, there must be roughly 600 people working at the same time inside the warehouse. So who handle the carts, the scans that are cleaned once a day, and it's even cheap for the tools actually. Suddenly, potentially, we will contaminate each other.

What action has Amazon taken?

Measures have been taken to separate the teams into four instead of two to space out breaks and reduce the number of people going on break at the same time, etc. There at the inter shift between morning and afternoon, everyone will meet.

There may be 200 to 300 people in the canteen, in the cloakroom and canteen area.Jean-François Bérot, Sud-Solidaire trade unionist at Amazonat franceinfo

Anyway, whatever happens, there are over 100 of us inside all the time. There are times when you can get a little isolated, but in general, in one way or another, there are always times when you meet people.

You have a meeting tomorrow with the management, you hope that things will evolve?

We are trying to have a management representative today, but they are not physically present. Those who will be able to respond are not physically present since the executives telework and the workers, it is they who will take the risks.

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