Sequestration bosses : Serves them !

caterpillar1The economic depression 1929 had brought the workers to a new form of direct action: strike with factory occupations. The current crisis could also develop new forms of struggle more radical and better adapted to the current situation. Indeed it is reported a wave of kidnappings of bosses in the hexagon, result of the exasperation of workers face layoffs in times of crisis.

"After Caterpillar executives, 3M, the boss of Sony France, Serge Foucher, and François-Henri Pinault, CEO of PPR, it was now the turn of the four executives of the British company Scapa be kidnappings. Scapa's management announced the closure of the factory in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine in Ain, which employs sixty people. although illegal, sequestrations bosses multiply, becoming the only leverage employees in times of crisis. », reported France-America, the main newspaper of the French community in the US.

Despite strong condemnation from the strong man of French bosses, President Nicolas Sarkorzi, it seems that the French are rather tolerant, even friendly, vis-à-vis this new form of class struggle. Indeed, the newspaper the Press informed us that "a survey just published shows that 30% the French "approve" the acts of kidnapping and 63% include, without the sanction. Only 7% firmly condemned. »

These actions would not innefficaces: "Just a week after the kidnapping of Caterpillar executives, management proposed Tuesday to reduce 600 instead of 733, the number of layoffs. As to 110 3M employees dismissed, they got advances on mobility leave, premium departure and the transfer premium, two weeks after the kidnapping of their framework manager Luc Rousselet. , we learn France Today.

These actions claim that the facilities face layoffs, and still do not pose the crucial question of control of means of production by the workers themselves. However, the ease with which the barrier of legality was taken, and the very direct designation bosses responsible for the current crisis suggests a qualitative change in workers' militancy.

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