UpdateFrench Goodyear managers released; union occupies tyre plant

07 January 2014 16:34  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--French police intervened on Tuesday to help secure the release of two managers held captive for almost 30 hours at a Goodyear tyre plant north of Paris, the country’s state television and other media reported.

Unionised workers took the two Goodyear plant managers captive following a meeting on Monday (6 January) between management and union CGT over plans to close the company's facility in Amiens.

Goodyear said earlier on Tuesday it would not resume talks with the workers as long as the managers were held captive.

The planned closure, which has been in the works for several years, affects about 1,200 jobs. Goodyear has said that the plant, which produces consumer and farm tyres, is no longer competitive.

French union CGT announced it would continue to occupy the plant to put pressure on Goodyear in negotiating a severance deal.

Meanwhile, France’s minister for industrial renewal, Arnaud Montebourg, called on Goodyear, CGT and the workers to find a solution that would allow at least a partial continuation of production at the Amiens plant.

Additional reporting by Jeremy Pafford

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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