Amazon is reopening its French warehouses after COVID-19 labor dispute

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Amazon is reopening its six distribution centers in France beginning today, according to a reporter from CNN. The company shut down the warehouses in April due to a labor dispute with workers who alleged that the internet retailer wasn’t doing enough to protect them from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The six warehouses are set to “gradually reopen” starting today, according to an Amazon spokesperson speaking to CNN.

Amazon closed all six of its French warehouses on April 15th after a French court issued a ruling that threatened to fine the company €1 million per item for shipping out anything other than medical supplies, hygiene products, and food items.

The court ruling came after a complaint from French unions representing Amazon’s…

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