PARIS, July 22 Workers from collapsed French car
parts maker New Fabris came out of a meeting with officials on
Wednesday saying they may resume a threat to blow up their plant
to back demands for bigger redundancy payouts.
Union representatives met Industry Minister Christian
Estrosi after workers agreed on Monday to remove gas canisters
they had placed at the New Fabris plant in Chatellerault in
central France, ready to blow it up.
The 366 workers have been demanding a payment of 30,000
euros ($42,580) each from the two main clients of New Fabris,
Renault (RENA.PA) and PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUP.PA) but are only
in line to get around 11,000 euros from the proceeds of the sale
of assets to the two carmakers.
"We knew very well we wouldn't get everything today," Eric
Poisson, a representative of the CFDT union said after the
meeting with Estrosi. "If there is no progress, the canisters
will return," he said.
The threat to blow up the plant was one of a spate of
similar protests by French workers following the "bossnappings"
earlier in the year in which company executives were held
hostage in the workplace.
Such spectacular protest actions have become the tactic of
choice for some workers but have been frowned upon by some
unions who regard them as counterproductive.
"These struggles for redundancy payouts...in no way solve
the underlying problems," the powerful CGT union said in a
As well as staff at New Fabris, workers at telecoms
equipment maker Nortel and crane manufacturer JLG have made
Renault and Peugeot have agreed to buy New Fabris' remaining
assets and stocks, subject to quality guarantees, on condition
that the money goes to the company's former workers.
Estrosi also said in a statement that government measures
were in place that would help New Fabris staff find new jobs and
he repeated his condemnation of violent threats.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; Writing by James Mackenzie;
Editing by Jon Boyle)