Goodyear refuses talks with French union as Managers are held hostages image

The French subsidiary of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said it wouldn’t open talks with the CGT union over closing a plant as two local executives were being held hostage for a second day.

The two managers taken hostage are Michel Dheilly, director of production at Goodyear’s Amiens-Nord factory in northern France, and Bernard Glesser, head of human resources at the site, Paolo Ghilardi, according to a spokesman for the company.

“The management of Goodyear Dunlop Tires France won’t participate in any meeting with employees’ representatives as long as two of its managers are being held,” the tiremaker said in a statement.

Mickael Wamen, leader of the CGT union at Goodyear’s Amiens-Nord factory, yesterday confirmed that hostages had been taken. “They’ll be held hostage until we have a guarantee that real negotiations will start on bonuses and severance packages for all employees,” he said by phone.

Goodyear, which employs about 3,000 people in France, announced plans in January 2013 to shut the facility. The company cited a failure to reach an agreement to raise productivity after five years of negotiations with the CGT, the main union at the site. The Akron, Ohio-based tiremaker at the time didn’t set a date for closing the factory.

Via Bloomberg