Amazon at the door of Metz: jobs and discussions - 01/18/2022 at 17:14

Amazon at the door of Metz: jobs and discussions – 01/18/2022 at 17:14

New Amazon warehouse installed on August, September 23, 2021 in Moselle (AFP/SEBASTIEN BOZON)

New Amazon warehouse installed on August, September 23, 2021 in Moselle (AFP/SEBASTIEN BOZON)

Deal, breath of fresh air or mirror on larks? In Ogni, a village in Moselle at the gates of Metz, was the August 30 opening of Amazon’s warehouse divisions, when purchasing power, employment and poverty were at the center of presidential debates.

“That’s fine, it hires young people,” sighs Daniel Vieques, 59, owner of O’Ned Gourmand in the center of the village.

So much so that the supermarket next door, he says, is “angry, he’s losing people” because Amazon is “paying better.”

“They made me eat during Covid,” he adds, explaining that employees who worked at the US e-commerce giant’s warehouse site regularly came to lunch at his house.

An Amazon employee prepares an order at Augny's warehouse on September 23, 2021 in Moselle (AFP/SEBASTIEN BOZON)

An Amazon employee prepares an order at Augny’s warehouse on September 23, 2021 in Moselle (AFP/SEBASTIEN BOZON)

His daughter-in-law, Odyline Thouaille, 27, has been working since the end of November in a huge gray building in the middle of the fields, happy with her net monthly income of 1,700 euros, a salary made possible thanks to her night shifts.

“You have to love the intense rhythm because it’s completely physical,” explains the young woman. Temporary order picker, she is nevertheless “happy” to pursue a career that “moves” and pays her.

– ‘Functional blackmail’ –

“These are risky jobs, and they won’t solve the staffing problem!” , replied Marie-Pierre Comte, the elected opposition member of Ogni Municipal Council.

An Amazon employee prepares an order at Augny's warehouse on September 23, 2021 in Moselle (AFP/SEBASTIEN BOZON)

An Amazon employee prepares an order at Augny’s warehouse on September 23, 2021 in Moselle (AFP/SEBASTIEN BOZON)

“How would you like to rent an apartment or discuss a loan with your bank to buy a car when you are on temporary business?”

Longtime environmental activist Marie-Pierre Comte would like the incoming president to “no longer allow” the creation of “these huge warehouses” and reduce the “use of trucks” in order to “fight air pollution.”

“Any responsible elected official, environmental or otherwise, should honestly look” into the matter, insists the municipal chancellor, slamming the “tax benefits given,” she says, to the US distribution giant “in the name of job racketeering.”

Angeline Pelodo, director of the new Amazon warehouse in Ogni, September 23, 2021 in Moselle (AFP / Sebastien Buzon)

Angeline Pelodo, director of the new Amazon warehouse in Ogni, September 23, 2021 in Moselle (AFP / Sebastien Buzon)

According to Augny’s repository manager, Angeline Bellodo, 650 people have been recruited on permanent contracts since the site opened, a number that should rise to “more than 1,000” during the year. Of these recruits, identified by Pôle emploi, 35% were long-term unemployed and 13% were RSA recipients.

“Apart from the installation of the Peugeot-Citroën plant in Trémery in 1979, I have not seen any other company that has brought in so many jobs,” rejoices Cyril Botin, director of the Pôle emploi agency in Montaigne. -les-Metz.

– ‘Business calls for employment’ –

Especially since the CDIs have been added to the “6000 temporary assignments” carried out since the end of August, “a chance to resume work”, especially for young people, notes Mr. Putin.

Amazon employees prepare an order at Augny's warehouse on September 23, 2021 in Moselle (AFP/SEBASTIEN BOZON)

Amazon employees prepare an order at Augny’s warehouse on September 23, 2021 in Moselle (AFP/SEBASTIEN BOZON)

“Jobs require employment,” adds village mayor (without naming) François Henron, who hopes other investors will turn to his town and former Air Force base where the American giant resided.

Located on the Frescati Plateau, this base closed its doors in 2012 after it numbered 2,500 soldiers.

Elected officials also expect welcome tax benefits in these times of budget scarcity.

“Amazon should pay between 1.5 and 2 million euros in local taxes,” Metz mayor and Eurometropolis president, François Grossdeer (LR), offered upfront, even if he stressed that he “signed first to get a new employer, not for tax returns.” “.

There are still environmental consequences to installing this 50,000 square meter behemoth on the ground, four storeys high, in this city of 2,000 residents.

Marie-Pierre Comte refers to the “inconveniences” resulting from this installation.

Trucks at the entrance to the new Amazon warehouse in Ogni, September 23, 2021 in Moselle (AFP / Sebastien Buzon)

Trucks at the entrance to Amazon’s new warehouse in Ogni, September 23, 2021 in Moselle. (AFP / SEBASTIEN BOZON)

Like her, Pierre*, who has lived in the heart of the village for ten years, stands up against the constant traffic under the windows of his house “at any time and every day”.

This warehouse “does not benefit the village”, “destroys, pollutes”, regrets.

*First name changed at his request

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