Lauwin-Planque: Amazon withdraws five minutes of break from its employees

At Amazon, time is money. Since Monday, the extension of the break time granted to employees during the health crisis has been abolished. As expected.

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If the news is not strictly speaking a surprise – since the management had announced the color at the time of the entry into force of the measure – the letter sent this summer, by registered mail, to all employees, came to confirm what many of them feared: the withdrawal of the five minutes of additional break granted during the health crisis. ” From the start of the pandemic, we took action to adapt more than 150 processes on our Covid-related sitesargues the management of the e-commerce giant. The increase in break times by 5 minutes has been put in place for a temporary period, in order to allow employees to respect social distancing and follow the one-way traffic put in place. With the lifting of the corporate health protocol by the government, Amazon has chosen to stagger the relief of these measures “.

“Even with these five more minutes, the account was not there”

This “relief”, which many employees hoped secretly – or openly – that the management would give up, goes badly internally where staff and unions are plagued by inflation and consider the wages insufficient. ” This is what Amazon’s legendary generosity to its employees looks like!
After offering us these five extra minutes, they withdraw them on July 31. Onot

understand them, we noticed that these 5 minutes had made the box collapse
“, quips Jérôme Guilain, SUD union representative. ” In return, we were allowed to have our phones on us, even if they were on file.adds Enzo Prouve (CGT). That’s just pathetic from one of the richest corporations in the world “. On the Force Ouvrière side, Christophe Bocquet shares the same bitterness. According to him, Amazon is trying to make up for, at all costs, the turnover lost during the pandemic. ” Besides that, it’s a hassle to get real salary increases.
When we go on a break, or when we go home, we already lose between 5 to 10 minutes at the security gates. Even with these five minutes more, the account was not there… Given the heat, the
he measure could at least have been extended during the summer. »

Linda*, ten years in the box, is fatalistic. ” We all hoped
that they would allow us this additional break time in view of the profits made over the past two years. But five minutes scratched per employee, that’s a number… Here alone, we are 3,000 hired. Afterwards, even if it’s not obvious, Amazon remains a company that gives people work.

* assumed first name

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