Yesterday we reported you the news that on Tuesday managers of a Goodyear factory in France were held hostage by the factory union. It turns out that later that day the two regained their freedom more than 24 hours after they were taken hostage.
France’s latest case of “boss-napping”, a phenomenon that dogged industrial relations in the country following the financial crisis, came to an end when two policemen entered the US-owned factory and freed the two hostages.
The release, which happened faster, than in past cases, came just as Jack Lew, the US Treasury secretary, was visiting President François Hollande at the Elysée Palace in Paris.
Mickael Wamen, a local leader of the radical CGT union that was behind Monday’s hostage-taking, told media that he and other workers would continue their struggle.
He said that workers now planned to occupy the factory as part of demands for larger severance packages linked to the closure of the plant. Ohio-based Goodyear has been trying to close the factory in Amiens for several years – so far without success.
In March last year, workers protesting against the planned closure clashed with police outside Goodyear’s headquarters in the suburbs of Paris. Police said that 19 officers were injured in the violence as an angry mob threw missiles and police responded by firing tear gas.
This week’s “boss-naping” has dealt a blow to the image of doing business in Europe’s second-largest economy just as traditionally feisty relations between workers and management looked to be easing.
Via Financial Times