PARIS (Reuters) – Amazon will close its warehouses in France until at least early next week after a court ordered it to limit deliveries to essential goods such as food and medical supplies.
FILE PHOTO: A truck bearing the Amazon Prime logo arrives at the Amazon logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
In an internal document sent to French unions ahead of a meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Amazon said it planned to close the country’s six warehouses, which employ 10,000 permanent and interim workers, from April 16 until April 20 at least.
“The company is forced to suspend all production activities in all of its distribution centers in order to assess the inherent risks in the COVID-19 epidemic and take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of its employees (during that period),” Amazon said in the document seen by Reuters.
During the suspension, Amazon will tap a state partial unemployment scheme to pay its employees,…
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