Friday, March 27, 2009

Le Hostage!

Presidents and CEO’s of companies better think twice when laying off employee.  (Well at lest if they live in France they should.)  The New York Post is reporting that France has experienced its second “boss napping” in a week, with the kidnapping of Luc Rousselet (plant director of 3M).  Apparently, the union in the plant barricaded Rousselet in his office shortly after he arrived Tuesday morning for work and are now demanding that the company negotiate with the union regarding severance pay.

Now these kidnappings might seem strange (and highly illegal), but I’m kind of wondering why it hasn’t happened before in the US or Canada.  With the amount of layoffs happening its been kind of peaceful.  Then again maybe its happening over there because it works over there.  Apparently, in a boss napping earlier in the week with some officials from Sony, the Union was able to get the company to negotiate.  Whether it will happen here I don’t know.  3M being an American company may not be that willing to negotiate with kidnappers.

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