Stories of solidarity under coronavirus
Coronavirus hasn’t affected everyone equally. We're
sharing stories from across our European and global network of what lockdown
and life under coronavirus look like around the world. Hearing from those who
are among the worst affected, and how they are taking action.
I'm with France
In France and elsewhere, the multinational corporation Amazon,
attempted to captialise on the coronoavirus crisis and the closure of
non-essential shops to increase its operations.
Amazon workers were left unprotected – working without adequate
physical distance, without proper protective equipment, and dealing with an
increase in orders.
Friends of the Earth France was active in support of trade unions
calling for the protection of Amazon workers.
They produced a mobilization kit for activists to help people take
action in support of workers.
They organised several email and Twitter actions targeting Muriel
Pénicaud, Minister for Labour, demanding the closure of Amazon sites for
The actions focused particularly on sharing evidence and testimonies of
workers being at risk. People were asked to share videos, photos and
testimonies showing the risks to workers were real and serious.
During this time Amazon was busy with its own communications claiming
it was prioritising health and safety.
The campaign worked!
On 14 April, a French court ruled Amazon had to limit its activity to
the delivery of essential products only during the coronavirus crisis.
In France, Friends of the Earth continues to oppose plans for 11 new
Amazon distribution centres, pointing out that up to 90% of its deliveries are
for non-essential items. It continues to push for re-localisation and more
sustainanable models of production and consumption.
They also continue to stand with Amazon workers all over Europe.