At Amazon, every minute counts

As Christmas approaches, it’s time to party in the Amazon warehouses. Candy, overtime and bonuses are on the menu for employees. At this period also arrive the temporary workers, recognizable by their green badges. They are enthusiastic, know that the most successful will get a CDI. This is how Simon began (the first name has been changed), now on an open-ended contract for seven years in one of the largest Amazon centers in France. Operating agent, he is versatile. He was a forklift truck driver, moved to shipping, truck control, then returned to shipping… At the moment, Simon is suffering from health problems:

“If I find training to do another job, I go. But if not, will I find better elsewhere? I touch 1,400 euros net, not counting the 13e months and premiums. Elsewhere, I would be at 1,200 euros net max. I have a loan on my back, I’m stuck. “Taxes, jobs, environment … We put Amazon on trial

Productivity quest

Is working in an Amazon warehouse more difficult than with its competitors? “All logistics jobs are tough, they are the poor relation of commerce, admits Julien Vincent, CFDT delegate. At Amazon, pay conditions aren’t the issue. But we are really asked a lot. ” The company’s quest for productivity, entirely focused on serving a strategy aimed at reducing the time between clicks and delivery, is measured by

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