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Goodyear factory workers hold managers captive in France

Published on Jan 7, 2014 6:16 AM

AMIENS, France (AFP) - Workers at a Goodyear factory in northern France were holding captive two managers on Monday as they upped their fight against the planned closure of the site and the potential loss of hundreds of jobs.

The director of production at the plant in Amiens and the head of human resources have both been locked in a meeting room since Monday morning in a "calm" atmosphere, Mr Franck Jurek of the factory's works council told Agence France-Presse.

Goodyear's management and unions have for years been locked in negotiations on how to handle the loss-making plant, but proposals put forward by the United States firm have all been rejected by the majority labour union, the CGT.

One proposal that was abandoned in 2012 was a plan for voluntary redundancies, and the CGT hopes to bring an improved version of the plan back on the table.

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