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French manager blocked in office by angry 3M staff | Reuters

French manager blocked in office by angry 3M staff | Reuters.

The French know how to negotiate! 🙂

PITHIVIERS, France (Reuters) – Workers at a factory operated by U.S. firm 3M held their French manager hostage overnight to protest against plans to lay off half the staff.

The industrial director of the group, Luc Rousselet, was barricaded in an office on Tuesday evening and workers are refusing to let him out until he agrees to more favorable terms for the 110 employees who face the axe.

“These people have more to complain about than me and I knew there was this risk when I came here,” Rousselet told reporters from his office, where the door has been blocked by a wardrobe.

Locking up managers is becoming a tradition in French labor disputes, with police unwilling to intervene to avoid violence.

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