But in France, companies are generally required to consult workers’ representatives to resolve workplace safety problems. The court ruled that Amazon had not consulted them about its plans to prevent employees from being exposed to the virus.
Degousee, the union representative, said that some Amazon workers were concerned that the court’s decision would lead to loss of livelihood or job loss.
At least a quarter of the 10,000 people employed at Amazon’s six warehouses in France are in desperate need of work to make ends meet, he said. But 20 percent of workers who feared for their health supported Amazon’s request to further tighten security measures – including the idea of delivering only essential food and health items while France is in quarantine .
Those detained since March 16 in France have ordered everything from nail polish and children’s toys to Amazon plumbing supplies, as well as items such as ergonomic chairs and printer cartridges needed to work home. Under the court ruling, Amazon would not be allowed to execute these orders until the company has fully met the safety requirements.
In its statement, Amazon said it would mean restricting a service that had become “a lifeline” for millions of people across the country.
Labor representatives grow back. “We should not be risking the lives of workers for non-essential items that may wait a few weeks,” said Mr. Degousée. “We don’t understand consumers who say,” If I can’t buy something, I’m unhappy. “They also need to understand the situation of workers in warehouses. “
The quarrel over coronavirus prevention measures has existed since at least the end of March, when hundreds of employees left their jobs in Amazon warehouses, applying a French work rule that allows workers to withdraw from work without having their wages anchored if they deem the health and safety risks to be too great.