The battle between unions and Amazon management, who oppose protective measures for workers, has ended. The specialist in online sales announced Tuesday, May 19, renounce to appeal to the Court of Cassation.
Welcoming in a press release the reopening on Tuesday of its warehouse in Brétigny-sur-Orge (Essonne), the management of Amazon France says it “Rejoice that the dialogue with staff representatives, driven in a logic of continuous improvement, will lead to a peaceful and sustainable recovery”.
“At the end of the consultation, the two parties agreed to drop the pending appeals”, adds the press release, specifying that “This includes the decision to take our case to the Court of Cassation”.
The choice to close the warehouses in France
Amazon’s six warehouses in France have been closed since April 16, after two court orders requiring the company to conduct a coronavirus risk assessment with employee representatives.
The Court of Appeal of Versailles had confirmed on April 24 an order of April 14 which asked Amazon to limit itself while waiting for essential products (data processing, health, nutrition, groceries …) under penalty of 100,000 euros per infraction .
The online retail giant, deeming it impossible to comply with this constraint without risking an offense, preferred to close its warehouses, while continuing to deliver from its platforms abroad. Justice pointed to security breaches, especially in the locker rooms or at the entrance gates and especially asked Amazon to consult the staff representatives and not to impose measures unilaterally.
Returning to work on a voluntary basis
An agreement was finally reached on Friday with the trade union organizations CFDT, CGT, FO and SUD. “Our sites are safe and always have been”, ensures the press release Tuesday. Following a consultation and information procedure with the company’s socio-economic committees, they “Were able to resume their activity with a base of measures already in place before the suspension of activity, to which some adjustments could have been made”.
The 100% recovery must be spread over three weeks, the employees returning to work ” on a voluntary basis “, Amazon France general manager Frédéric Duval said on Tuesday.