Executives ‘boss-napped’ over redundancy pay

Something for the weekend…

With the economy in slow recovery, organisations are still struggling to meet some employees’ pay, bonus and reward expectations.

But members of the French trade union Confederation Generale du Travail went to the extreme by ‘boss-napping’ two Goodyear executives for two days on 6 and 7 January.

The union members employed at the plant in Amiens, France refused to release HR director Bernard Glesser and factory director Michel Dheilly until police intervened.

The pair were held for 30 hours in a meeting room barricaded by an enormous tractor tyre, after staff were angered by plans to lay off all 1,173 employees with redundancy packages of just €20,000 (£16.715).

The union has asked for more generous packages of between €80,000 (£66,000) and €180,000 (£150,000).

It seems the French trend of boss-napping has been well and truly revived after previously being commonplace back in 2009, when staff at organisations including 3M, Caterpillar and Sony took matters into their own hands.

Taking it to the extreme by taking bosses hostage is certainly one way to get your pay demands heard in 2014… not that we’re trying to give you any ideas.