Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

France's Plan to Tackle Racism

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Marine Le Pen and Thomas Piketty in Time magazine's power list; EU takes on Google; Gunter Grass dies (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Deadly Crossing: Migrants desperate to reach Europe; Abadi in Washington (part 1)

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Xenophobic attacks in South Africa: anti-violence marches and anti immigration protest

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

French PM outlines action plan against racism, anti-Semitism

Read more

REPORTERS

Turkey’s hidden Armenians search for stolen identity

Read more

REVISITED

Families of slain Marikana miners still demanding justice

Read more

#TECH 24

Europe vs. Google: EU accuses search giant of market dominance abuse

Read more

#THE 51%

Women in America: Land of the free, home to the less-paid

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)