No news here really, but… OUCH!
The CEO of Titan, a U.S. tire maker has delivered a crushing summary about France’s work ethic in a letter saying he would have to be stupid to take over a factory whose staff only put in three hours work a day.
Here is a highlight of what he wrote to the left-wing French industry minister about his lack interest in rescuing a plant set for closure (full letter below it):
“The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three…
I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!
Titan is going to buy a Chinese tire company or an Indian one, pay less than one Euro per hour wage and ship all the tires France needs. You can keep the so-called workers.
… your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are? Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tires. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government.”
But apparently, the minister refrained from an immediate reply: “”Don’t worry, there will be a response, it’s better written down.”
We’re all looking forward to the Minister’s response. Stay tuned.