Handing a victory to employees unions that slammed Amazon’s security measures for workers amid COVID-19 pandemic, a French courtroom has dominated in opposition to the e-commerce large’s attraction in opposition to a ruling that bars it from promoting non-essential items.
The ruling by a courtroom in Versailles on Friday led Amazon to close down distribution centres within the nation until April 28, CNN reported. Regardless of the closure, workers will proceed to obtain wages, Amazon mentioned.
The case got here up after labour unions accused Amazon of not setting up sufficient security measures to guard employees in opposition to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Amazon disputed the declare and asserted that it put in place expanded security measures.
The ruling, nonetheless, limits Amazon to promoting solely important items reminiscent of groceries, well being and physique care merchandise, electronics, workplace gear, animal care merchandise and residential enchancment gadgets.
Cargo of an unauthorised product might appeal to a penalty of as much as 100,000 euros ($108,000), the courtroom dominated.
Giving causes behind shutting its distribution centres in France until April 28, Amazon mentioned that it might lose billions in penalty per week even in case of unintentional cargo of products which fall exterior the class of merchandise which can be allowed.
Whereas Amazon has seen a dramatic spike in demand of its providers because the outbreak of COVID-19, it has confronted criticism for allegedly not taking sufficient measures to guard warehouse employees.
The corporate has confronted comparable criticism within the US as properly.