The French division of 3M recently announced layoffs and job transfers among its 2,700 workers at 13 French sites. Among those are 110 of the Pithiviers, France, factory’s 235 workers.
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According to the story, it is not uncommon for striking workers to hold company executives as a way of winning concessions from management, and the hostages are almost never injured.
Can you imagine if this were a regular practice in America? There would constantly be hostage situations all over the country, and the practice would inevitably carry over to real-life scenarios as well. Did the drive-thru forget to give you your fries? Hold the manager hostage. Get overcharged for a purchase at the supermarket? Find the manager and hold him or her hostage. Not to mention, people would be holding each other hostage for cutting in line, not using a turn signal or the like.
Thank goodness we live in such a civilized society.