Is a French Union.
The CEO of a U.S. tire maker has delivered a crushing summary of how some outsiders view France’s work ethic in a letter saying he would have to be stupid to take over a factory whose staff only put in three hours work a day.
Titan International’s (TWI) Maurice Taylor, nicknamed “The Grizz” for his negotiating style, told the left-wing French industry minister in a letter published by media on Wednesday that he had no interest in rescuing a plant set for closure.
“The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three,” Taylor wrote on Feb. 8 in the letter in English to the minister, Arnaud Montebourg.
“I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!” Taylor added in the letter, which was posted by business daily Les Echos on its website and which the ministry confirmed was genuine.
“Titan is going to buy a Chinese tire company or an Indian one, pay less than one euro per hour wage and ship all the tires France needs,” he said. “You can keep the so-called workers.”
Socialist President Francois Hollande might take some comfort in Taylor’s view of his own country’s business policies: “The U.S. government is not much better than the French,” he said, referring to a dispute over Chinese exports.
Yeah, but, we’re not talking about governments Fwanz-wah. We’re talking about businesses. Factories. You know, real jobs making real stuff and paying real taxes.
Taylor’s comments are the latest blow to France’s image after verbal attacks last year by Montebourg on firms seeking to shut ailing industrial sites prompted international mockery.
Combined with concerned over plans for a 75% “millionaires tax”, Montebourg’s antics drove London Mayor Boris Johnson to remark to an international business audience that it seemed France was being run by left-wing revolutionaries.
Montebourg has also lashed out at cheap imports of manufactured goods from low-wage countries like China and last year told the boss of Indian steelmaker ArcelorMittal he was unwelcome in a spat over a shuttered plant in France.
Despite having per-head productivity levels that rank among the best in Europe, economists blame France’s rigid hiring and firing laws for a long industrial decline that has dented exports. Many also fault the country’s 35-hour work week.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s (GT) Amiens Nord plant employs 1,250 workers, who have been battling demands that they work more shifts or accept layoffs. The government said in January that the site faced imminent closure.
Talks with Titan over a possible purchase of the plant’s farm tire section fell through last September after a failure to reach a deal with the CGT union on voluntary redundancies.
… Wall Street analysts have dubbed Taylor “The Grizz” for his tough negotiating style.
“Sir, your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are?” he wrote. “Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tires. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government.”
Ouch. That’ll leave a mark.
Too bad more US companies won’t say that here in the US - no we don’t have the 3 hour days - but the unfunded pensions are killers. But I did read this past week, that private industry unions are at a 97 year low, that’s a start. Now we just need to go after the gov unions and America can begin to heal again.
I’d tell this guy to come to OH but they are in the union back pocket so he better stay away.
In other news OH (Cincinnati) continues to be a black spot in the recent election due to Ms I voted six times but committed no election fraud obot.
And while we suffer under huge unemployment the (again Cincinnati) casino is suppose to open on March 4th - I am considering placing my bet (our savings) on it will fail faster than the casino that opened in Toledo - which went under last year (2009 was when it passed).
Nothing like cooking up schemes to take even more money away from people too stupid to know that both the house and the gov - always win - and you always lose, even when you think you have just won.
There’s a bit more.
Mr Taylor said he was stunned by the attitude of the factory’s myriad union leaders – led by the local head of the communist-backed CGT union – when he met them at a hotel to discuss how he might rescue the plant.
The first thing out of the CGT guy’s mouth was, “You’ve got to guarantee our jobs for life”,’ said Mr Taylor.
‘They were telling us, “We’re not going to agree to anything until you do what we say”.
‘That’s when I said, “Hey you’ve got it all backwards. I’ve got enough people thinking I’m nuts even attempting to come over and run this facility and spend millions of dollars on it”.’
they spent three more hours just moseying around, talking.
‘But when I told their union leaders this, they told me that’s the French way!’
It’s also the democrat way, and the socialist way, and the marxist way, and....