Revolting french workers huh?
wow, I know people dont like the french much, but I guess calling them revolting is a little harsh don't you think?
French 3M workers, who on Tuesday barricaded their boss in an office in protest at jobs cuts, have released their prisoner following successful negotiations to secure more cash for redundancy packages. 3M decided to shed 110 jobs at the pharmaceutical products plant at Pithiviers, near Orleans, due to falling demand. The plan …
Equating civil disobedience with terrorism is a particularly unpleasant school of thought. Similarly equating industrial action with terrorism, as one Aussie politician did not so long ago.
Governments and employers would love everyone to assume they are equal... lets not encourage them, eh?
On the other hand, kidnapping your manager sounds like a crime to me; bit over and above strikes and pickets. He seems to have taken it remarkably well, which is somewhat surprising. I wonder if they gave him the Fight Club treatment.
well, if you look at some of the other headlines and the debates sparked in the comments section...
We as citezens no longer have the right to protest in ways such as this. The armed police units would have been called in very short shrift, the workers would have all been tazered, placed in custody indefinately without charge, to eventually be imprisoned under any one of a miriad or laws that have been introduced.
Of course, if you read between the lines, Rousselets' quote seems remarkably sympathetic to their cause, and leads me to suspect that he maybe had prior knowledge of their actions, probably condoned, and possibly even conspired with the workforce.
That is by no means a condemnation. If that were the case, I would like to shake the mans hand, and probably buy him a few pints for tipping the balance of power in favour of the hard working men and women of the plant.
There are a few xenophobic comments on here, but you have to admire the french. They know that their seniors, be they elected or otherwise, are accountable and need to be held to account.
Us Brits just bend over and take it with a stiff upper lip.
If its a case of stand up for yourself or take a shafting, which would you rather?
Setting a precident is always a bad thing. Now when anybody in France announces redundancies, the managers will eb locked in a room by those at risk until they hand over more cash.
Would imagine that riot police would be called if this happened in the UK and those responsible locked up.
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