French Sony boss held by angry workers

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French workers unhappy with the layoff compensation offered by Sony barricaded the entry to the site Thursday night and did not allow their boss to leave.

MONT-DE-MARSAN – The boss of Sony France was detained overnight Friday by workers angry at the amount of compensation offered before the closure of the plant at Pontonx-sur-l'Adour in southwest France.

Sony France president Serge Foucher had a bailiff testify that he was not being allowed to leave the plant and the bailiff "told us he would approach the forces of order," CGT union spokesman Patrick Hachaguer told AFP.

"He won't listen to us, we didn't find any other solution," the left-wing union delegate added.

Foucher had come to meet the 311 dismissed workers one last time before the closure of the factory on 17 April but the staff, unhappy with the compensation being offered by the Japanese high-tech giant, went on strike and barricaded the entry to the site with tree trunks late Thursday.

Sony France had announced in December the closure of the Pontonx-sur-l'Adour site, which has since 1984 specialised in manufacturing video tapes.

AFP / Expatica

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