The Minister of Economy and Finance reacts on France Inter to the pressures that Amazon employees would face, who consider themselves to be in danger by continuing their activity, supported by the confinement of the French because of the coronavirus.
The pressures exerted by Amazon on its staff are “unacceptable “, Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of Economy and Finance, said on France Inter on Thursday March 19. “We will let Amazon know“continues Bruno Le Maire, who has also pledged to support bookstores in the face of competition from the company, whose activity is supported by the confinement of the French because of the coronavirus.
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Indeed, the employees of the specialist in distance selling consider that they are endangering their health while the activity of the company which employs them is not essential to the life of the Nation. They report pressure from Amazon to force them to go to work: according to the unions, management has said that the absence of these employees would be considered a “absence authorized” But “unpaid“.
At least 200 employees of the Douai site, in the North, thus asserted, Tuesday, their right of withdrawal. The next day, Wednesday, March 19, around 50% of CDIs took the same step or were in walkout in Montélimar, in the Drôme. Union officials denounce the weakness of sanitary equipment, especially hydroalcoholic gel and masks, and a lack of information and signage.