Boss-napping at French tyre factory as row over closure grows

Tim Wallace
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TWO BOSSES were yesterday held hostage by angry workers at tyre-maker Goodyear’s Amiens factory in northern France.

The American tyre giant is locked in a long-running battle to close the loss-making plant, but faces tough pro-labour laws and strong unions which are delaying the plans.

Union officials said they will not release the site’s operations manager and human resources boss until Goodyear improves their plans for the site, which is currently close to being idle.

One hope for the future of its operations and staff could lie in an acquisition of the site by other tyre manufacturers.

Rival tyre firm Titan has bought some of Goodyear’s operations in the past and has looked at buying the plant.

But last year Titan’s boss Maurice Taylor said he would not buy it from Goodyear as the workers are “lazy.”

“The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours,” he wrote last year.

“I told the French union workers this to their faces. They told me that’s the French way.”