Amazon fires employees who have shown their support for "yellow vests"

Several employees of Amazon have been killed. laid off in the midst of the crisis of "yellow jackets" & raquo; for having brought & oacute; their support for the movement on social networks. The company blames them for a ...

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Amazon is one of the leaders in online sales worldwide. REUTERS / Mike Segar

Several Amazon employees were fired in the midst of the "yellow vests" crisis for supporting the movement on social networks. The company accuses them of " a serious breach " of their duty of loyalty by having supported, encouraged or participated in blockades against their own employer. After two cases in Lille in the north of France, it was an employee of a warehouse in Montélimar who was thus thanked.

According to the letters of dismissal sent by Amazon to its employees and published by the daily newspaper Le Parisien , the employees showed a " behavior in total opposition to the values ​​of the company " and a serious breach of " the obligation of loyalty .

In Drôme, an employee of Amazon's logistics platform in Montélimar decided to take the case to court. The group accuses him of comments made on his Facebook page, November 22, 2018: " Frankly, you manage, people, do not let go, one word of order, Friday is going to be a 'Black Out Friday', do not let go ... I join you when I'm not working ... Block everything, "he said, mentioning the blockage of his workplace by the" yellow vests ".

Licensed for a message posted on Facebook: for the CGT manager of Amazon in Montélimar, it is unheard of: " I sometimes heard people called on this because they had been denounced by colleagues, explains us t -he. But there, it happened on two sites at the same time, that of Lille and Montélimar and it seems that it is the human resources which went to search on the accounts Facebook of the employees ".

In Montélimar, the climate is fear. Many employees have closed their Facebook account to prevent the human resources department from searching the published contents. For Avi Bitton, a lawyer specializing in labor law, the employee has every chance: " It is up to the employer to provide categorical evidence that the employee has committed a fault. And in terms of messages on social networks, it's complicated. And the other difficulty is that the employer is attacking fundamental freedoms. The freedom to demonstrate and the right to strike. An employee can not be dismissed on the grounds that he is calling for a strike or taking part in a strike ".

A call to strike for February 5 was launched by the CGT, Sud-Solidaires and Yellow Vests Hauts-de-France and Drôme, in support of these employees. Amazon, for its part, said that the employee " was free to participate in or express support for a movement, whatever it is " but " in compliance with the obligations that bind him to his employer ".