Amazon to cut jobs in France
- Jun 30, 2004
Amazon said that would look to offer employees in France relocation opportunities to the UK or US thereby centralising several business functions into one location, while also reducing operating costs.
The US based company is currently in consultation with the Works Council, a representative group of employees and are therefore unable to specify at this time exactly how many jobs will be affected by the move.
Those employees not electing to apply for job openings within the Amazon Group, will receive a 'generous' package with severance and social measures, including 'outplacement assistance' according to Amazon
A spokesperson from the company said: "We will still maintain a presence in France, with a likely move to an office closer to Paris, to manage our business but we are consolidating several groups into existing groups within our other offices in order to achieve greater overall efficiency."
The French distribution centre will continue to service customers within the country and throughout Europe.
The world's biggest non-auction Internet retailer is currently locked in a $750m, legal dispute with Toys 'R' Us, accusing the toy store of breach of contract.
Amazon has asked the courts to 'dissolve' a four-year partnership, claiming that Toys 'R' Us failed to keep its relevant toys in stock, thereby supplying an inadequate stock of toys for sale on Amazon's website.
The lawsuit sees a reversal of last months dispute that saw Toys 'R' Us taking legal action against Amazon over allegations that the online retailerwas breaking an exclusivity contract with the toy company.
The lawsuit will have no affect on its UK subsidiaries.