Workers at a Renault car parts factory in northwestern France prevented seven company executives from leaving the plant in a desperate attempt to “split”, hoping to disrupt the automaker’s plans to sell the plant. .
About 350 employees participating in the picketing at the Renault plant at Fonderie de Bretagne in Brittany had seven managers “Hostage” Tuesday because they prevented them from leaving their jobs. The incident comes after the automaker announced plans to sell or close the plant.
Following several attempts to persuade workers to release theirs “Hostages” the executives were released around 10:30 pm local time, although the factory lockdown continued until Wednesday.
The automaker reprimanded the workers in a brief statement while also pleading “Dialogue and calm.”
Groupe Renault strongly condemns these actions and calls for the lifting of the blockade and an immediate return to calm.
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Renault tried to placate disgruntled employees by saying it was looking for a buyer who would do so “Keep the site’s activities” and ensure that workers keep their jobs.
However, this did little for the workers of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), a trade union, which insisted the company did not want to negotiate, despite its demands to the contrary.
“They didn’t want to have a dialogue yet, so it was useless to try to talk to people who didn’t want to engage”, CGT representative Mael Le Goff told AFP, explaining why the workers eventually released the captive executives.
“It doesn’t smell good for us; no discussion is possible with the management “, Le Goff told a local news bulletin, adding that the union had done so “I have heard very alarming comments” on potential job cuts and layoffs at the site.
We would like to ask them what will become of us, if we are sold, if we are fired … We have been waiting for a year … We do not have much hope anymore.
The union is currently planning a protest in the city of Hennebont in Brittany on 1 May and a meeting with the president of the regional council of Brittany, Loig Chesnais-Girard.
Tuesday’s incident is not the first case of “Bossnapping.” In 2014, workers at a Goodyear tire factory in northern France arrested two executives for more than 12 days in an attempt to prevent the plant from closing. The practice was apparently so common during the term of former President Nicolas Sarkozy that he threatened to grant extra powers to the police to stop them by force.
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