Amazon.com planning to reopen its French warehouses, starting 19th May

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Amazon said on Friday it aims to gradually reopen its French warehouses from the 19th of May (Tuesday) as it finalises an agreement with unions and work councils to end a dispute over coronavirus protection steps that closed the sites for more than one month. 

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  • Amazon will gradually reopen its France-based warehouses from 19th of May
  • The company has finalised an agreement with unions and local councils to end the dispute over COVID-19 protections

The US e-commerce giant’s six French warehouses, which employ approximately 10,000 people on permanent and interim contracts, have been closed since the 16th of April following court rulings that ordered it to restrict deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic or face hefty fines.

“We are currently finalising a process with French unions and works councils, and we are hopeful that we will be able to re-open our French fulfilment centres in the coming days,” Amazon said.

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The legal stand-off followed a complaint filed by hard-line union SUD, which said Amazon did not do enough to protect employees from COVID-19 contagion.

The company has said the latest French court ruling, which restricts deliveries to IT products, health items, food and pet food, could lead to multi million-dollar fines if it unintentionally ships items that are not included on the list.

Via our content partners at Reuters. Reporting by Christian Lowe. Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten. Editing by Sandra Maler and Sonya Hepinstall.

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