Workers at a telecommunications plant near Paris have removed the gas bottles they’d threatened to use to “blow up” their factory – as a “sign of good faith”.
This in response to Nortel management opening talks on better redundancy terms after days of delays. The bottles turned out to be empty. One union leader said: “We haven’t been heard. We want to move forward in these talks in an intelligent way. We’re trying to come out of this crisis, but we believe we were led a dance during the long weekend and the last four days. We started talks on Friday evening with meetings set for Saturday and Monday, but they never happened.” Elsewhere, workers at the collapsed French car parts maker New Fabris are maintaining their threats to blow up their factory. This unless they get payouts from clients Peugeot and Renault to compensate for their loss of jobs. In the past few months French workers faced with job cuts have taken increasingly extreme direct action to ensure better redundancy pay, including kidnapping their bosses.