Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Was French pensioner murdered because she was Jewish?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Amazon follows through on investment plans despite big profit drop

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

A presidential fairy 'tail': Meet Tory, South Korea's new 'First Dog'

Read more

ACROSS AFRICA

Dual therapy drug trial offers hope to HIV patients

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'From Jupiter to Colbert': France's nationalisation of shipyard draws criticism

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Nigerian lawmakers vote to reduce president's powers

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's transgender backlash

Read more

THE DEBATE

The Battle for Venezuela: Pressure mounting on Maduro ahead of Sunday's vote

Read more

ENCORE!

Actress Helen Mirren on TV honours and tackling sexism

Read more

France

Sacked French workers hold bosses hostage

© AFP

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-03-29

Sacked workers at French greeting card firm Edit66 on Friday were holding company bosses Paul Denis and Merthus Bezemer (right) hostage after being told they would not receive severance packages because "there is no money".

Workers at a French greetings card firm on Friday sequestered the head of their company and the chief of the Dutch firm which owns it after sacked employees were told they would not get their dues.

The protest at the office of French firm Edit66 and the Dutch owner Mercurius, targeted their two chiefs Paul Denis and Merthus Bezemer.

The firm, which has been facing financial problems, is based in the southern French city of Cabestany.

It was bought by Mercurius in the early 1990s and once counted 60 workers but recently employed only 37, of whom 19 were laid off.

The trouble began Friday when the management told those laid off that they would not be given their severance dues agreed earlier "as there is no money," Danielle Casanovas, from the company's works council said.

She said the two men were being allowed to freely move within the company premises.

The town's socialist mayor Jean Vila said he backed the action.

"I find it immoral," he told journalists. "There are laws in France and they have to be respected."

France's economy, the second biggest in the eurozone, has been stagnating in recent months. Unemployment is just shy of the record level of 3.195 million last reached in 1997 and the spending power of French households fell in late 2012 for the first time since 1984.

(AFP)

Date created : 2013-03-29

  • FRANCE

    French unemployment rate nears 1997 record high

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French minister is an 'imbecile', says US tyre boss

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Coca-Cola defends 'French way' in row with US tycoon

    Read more

COMMENT(S)