Sony France boss being held hostage

Written by Joe Martin

March 13, 2009 | 10:26

Tags: #cut #factory #recession #vhs

Companies: #france #sony

According to reports from French newspapers the President of Sony France is being held hostage by a number of factory workers who barricaded themselves inside a Sony videotape factory late Thursday.

Sony boss Serge Foucher was reportedly set to meet with 311 factory workers about the closure of the Pontonx-sur-l'Adour plant, but the workers rebelled and sealed themselves and the Sony executives inside yesterday after a compensation dispute.

Serge Foucher had a bailiff testify that he was not being allowed to leave the factory as the workers had sealed the doors with tree trunks and were keeping him there against his will, according to The Brisbane Times. Foucher is now trying to negotiate a settlement with 'the forces of order'.

"He won't listen to us, we didn't find any other solution," said a union delegate who represents the 311 workers at the plant in south-west France.

The closure of the factory was originally announced back in December, with a door-closing date of April 17, but workers at the plant had proven hard to placate when it came to compensation and so Serge Foucher and his team had made the journey to the plant to discuss the matter when workers took the matter into their own hands.

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