history, Public opinion, U.S. Politics

When French Workers Held their Bosses Hostage

You're coming with us.

You’re coming with us.

One thing you’ve got to say for the French-they don’t take no merde! After the crash of 2008 when their tire factory said it was closing, the workers said, “Screw that!” In French, of course.

They demanded negotiations with management. Management said no. They threw up barricades. The manager came to tell them to shove off. He was from an American company and Americans do take a lot of merde, but he was in France and as he stood at the podium to address the peasants, the peasants threw an egg and hit him on the head. He retreated, not used to such feistyness on the part of workers.

But it was going to get worse. Still refusing to negotiate, the workers took the managers hostage and kept them up all night. I suppose in America, a SWAT team would go in and rescue them or something, but in France, they seem to have more respect for workers. Finally, they agreed to negotiate.

As other plants closed, similar incidents took place. What happened when American work places shut down? Workers quietly packed their stuff and slumped off home. Maybe we are too obedient, too ‘nice”, too polite. Maybe we should learn to say, “Screw that!” more often.

And throw eggs-they make a point without doing any lasting damage.

To the barricades!

To the barricades!

 

 

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About Je' Czaja

Je' is a writer, artist, and stand up philosopher. She founded and directed two non-profit organizations for disadvantaged children and their families, served as a missionary for three years and is the author of several books. https://www.smashwords.com/interview/jeczaja Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00IU4RWKE

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