Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Ghost in the Shell', 'The Confession' and Jean Rouch centenary

Read more

FOCUS

Italy: Anti-establishment mayor of Rome faces grim reality of power

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Refugees of rap: Using music to speak out about the Syrian war

Read more

THE POLITICAL BRIEF

Rise of populism: Could far-right leader Le Pen be France's next president?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Countdown to Brexit: 'The eyes of history are watching'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Brexit: Day One'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Charity begins on Twitter

Read more

THE DEBATE

Famine as a weapon of war: 20 million lives at risk in Africa, Yemen (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Famine as a weapon of war: 20 million lives at risk in Africa, Yemen (part 2)

Read more

France

Michelin workers release four 'boss-napped' managers

Video by FRANCE 3

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-22

Workers at a Michelin tyre plant in France have released the four managers they detained over the company's treatment of an employee on a short-term contract. The action is the latest in a wave of French "boss-nappings".

AFP - Workers at a plant owned by French tyre manufacturer Michelin detained four managers on Tuesday night, the company said, preventing them from leaving a factory in another case of "boss-napping."
  
Union representatives at a string of French companies have recently barricaded their managers in their offices during negotiations over job losses and restructuring, releasing them only when concessions have been agreed.
  
The wave of incidents, which in some cases has seen managers locked in overnight but always released unharmed, has added a more menacing twist to France's often-tense industrial relations.
  
Workers at the Michelin plant in Montceau-les-Mines in the central region of Saone-et-Loire were protesting against the treatment of an employee on a short-term contract.
  
"Four members of the management, including the director of our Monceau factory, are being held by a group of about 50 workers," a spokesman for the group told AFP.
  
The employee at the centre of the dispute was laid off for two days after "refusing to work," the spokeswoman said. Union official Patrick Duvert said he was not trained to operate machines and had refused to put himself at risk.
  
The managers had access to their offices and were able to make telephone calls but were being prevented from leaving the factory, the spokeswoman said.

Date created : 2009-07-21

COMMENT(S)