I’m at Amazon’s appeal this morning at the Versailles court of appeal. Context: A court told the company to limit deliveries to « essential goods », then Amazon decided to temporarily shut down warehouses.
Amazon’s lawyer argues the decision is unfair and inapplicable because « essential goods » are not defined.« Amazon is a very popular company in France », he also said.
The other Amazon lawyer says the court decision didn’t reflect the current sanitary situation in the warehouses, which has « significantly evolved ».
Amazon lawyer: We have tried to involve unions in our crisis-management decisions but they refused to negotiate.
Now it’s the unions’ turn to intervene.
Union lawyer: This case opposes two populations: those who are confined and those who cannot work from home and have to go work everyday.
Second union lawyer: In the current context, it is obvious that economic considerations should not overrule health concerns.
Third union lawyer: Amazon presents itself like a victim of an unjust situation the poor giant has to go through because of mean unions.
Third union lawyer: Let’s keep a bit of decency here. We’re talking about a company who’s founder Jeff Bezos made 24 billion since the pandemic started, while most workers are at minimum wage.
It’s over, decision on Friday 24. Watch this space for a summary later today.
Amazon told the French court today it provides a "crucial service." A move that could backfire in the longer run, when the European Commission seeks to impose rules on "systemic platforms." https://pro.politico.eu/news/amazon-french-court-provides-crucial-service-amid-shutdown-coronavirus …
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