PARIS - An official with Goodyear (GT) says workers at a restive plant in northern France have detained two managers in a conference room at the tire factory.
The factory's union says the director
and human resources chief were blocked from leaving after an especially
difficult meeting Monday with staff; a Goodyear representative, speaking on
condition of anonymity because of the tense situation, says the two managers
were being held against their will.
rampant in France in 2009 at the height of the economic meltdown, although the
practice has since tapered off.
But the Amiens plant has an especially
contentious past. Goodyear has been trying to restructure or close the factory
for more than five years. Sometimes violent workers' protests, government
concerns and France's prolonged layoff procedures have stalled the process.