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French workers hold managers at Caterpillar
07:16 a.m. 03/31/2009 Provided by
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GRENOBLE, France (AFP) -- French workers Tuesday detained four managers from U.S. firm Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) at a plant in the southern city of Grenoble in protest at plans to slash hundreds of jobs, a union official said.
The employees barricaded their bosses in a management office at around 10:30 am (0830 GMT) to demand fresh negotiations on laying off 733 workers at the factory, said union official Benoit Nicolas.
"We are holding them in the director's office," said Nicolas. "They are a little stunned."
Factory director Nicolas Polutnick was being held along with the human resources director, the head of personnel and a manager but Nicolas said they would not be held for long.
"We do plan to let them go," he said, adding that a deal was within reach.
It was the third time in March that executives had been held by French workers outraged at learning about job losses.
Caterpillar hopes to resolve French factory takeover soon
12:28 p.m. 03/31/2009 By Sue Chang
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Caterpillar said Tuesday it is concerned for the safety of its employees after workers detained four Caterpillar managers at a plant in Grenoble, France. However, no injuries have been reported so far and the managers are able to communicate with people outside of the plant, according to Caterpillar. French workers reportedly barricaded the managers in an office to demand new negotiations over lay offs at the factory, according to the AFP. "The actions that are taking place today, led by a small minority of individuals, are not helping as we work for a positive resolution of this situation," Caterpillar said in a statement.
Go for it....but remember that France is socialist and the police will stand by and look the other way while people torch cares. Not letting someone leave the room and holding them against their will -- well just ask OJ what happens. Give it a try and let us know what happens.