Saturday, 18 July 2009

WORKERS THREATS TO BLOW UP FACTORY IF NOT PAID BECOMING A FASHION IN FRANCE


New Threat By French Staff To Bomb Factory

Sky News Friday, July 17

Construction firm JLG which makes platforms for cranes,
wanted to lay off 43 workers.

Staff responded by placing four cranes worth £216,000 in a
car park, and surrounding them with gas canisters and
kindling.

The firm caved into the demands and agreed to give each
worker £26,000 euros in compensation.

"It's a shame that we reached this point. If management had
wanted, we could have avoided this tough conflict," said
union representative Christian Amadio.

It is the third time French workers have threatened to
stage bomb attacks against their employers.

Earlier this week staff at Nortel obtained an agreement in
principle to resolve a dispute over severance pay by
stacking gas canisters in the company' factory in
Chateaufort.

They were asking for £90,000 each in addition to their
standard pay-offs.

And sacked car workers are threatening to blow up the New
Fabris' plant in Chatellerault unless they get improved
redundancy pay.

The 336 employees have been occupying the car plant, which
makes Renault and Peugeot parts, since it went bust a month
ago.

The threats mark a new escalation in tactics used by
disgruntled French workers after a spate of "bossnappings"
earlier in the year in which managers were detained on
company premises.

Despite talking tough, the government has been unwilling to
send in police to help resolve the disputes.

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