Wednesday, February 20, 2013

American CEO mocks French factory workers...

The head of US tyremaker Titan has mocked French workers at a Goodyear factory for putting in only "three hours" a day and spending the rest of the time talking or eating. French union bosses hit back suggesting the CEO might need psychiatric care.

The letter from Titan CEO Maurice Taylor to French Industrial Renewal Minister Arnaud Montebourg was in response to a request for Titan to consider investing in a loss-making Goodyear plant in Amiens, northern France.

"I have visited that factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but only works three hours," Taylor said in the letter, dated February 8 and obtained by French business daily Les Echos.

 "They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three. I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that's the French way!" Full story...

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