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Where do they think them up over there?

French transport workers threaten to pollute river SeineAngry lorry drivers at struggling transportation company threaten to pour more than 8,000 litres of toxic fuel additive into Parisian river unless their demands for redundancy pay-offs are met

First they kidnapped their bosses; then they threatened to blow up their own factories. Now, in the latest phase of France's summer of discontent, disgruntled workers are turning to environmental blackmail as a stick to beat the management into submission.

Angry lorry drivers at Serta, a struggling transportation company, are threatening to pour more than 8,000 litres of toxic fuel additive into the Seine if their demands for redundancy pay-offs are not met. Acknowledging the "dramatic" effect this could have on the river's fish population, they insist they will not be dissuaded unless their bosses give in.

"It's less dramatic than ... people being made redundant and sacrificed," Jean-Pierre Villemin from the CFDT union told French radio. "It's the only means we have of getting what we want."

Around 50 workers at the distribution site at La Vaupalière near Rouen are demanding severance packages of 15,000 euros after Serta, which went into administration a year ago, announced job cuts. The transportation company, which has suffered badly in the financial crisis, has already cut around 80 jobs since the start of the year.

Their threat to flood with the harmful substance their on-site drainage system - designed to channel rainwater back into the Seine - is the latest tactic used by workers desperate to draw attention to their plight.

Last month, workers at New Fabris, a bankrupt car parts plant, and at Nortel, an insolvent telecommunications company, vowed to explode gas cylinders at their factories if requests for improved severance package were not met. Both threats have since been lifted.

These actions, decried as media stunts by their critics, followed a springtime spate of so-called "boss-nappings" across France in which business executives were taken hostage by their bellicose employees. Such episodes are familiar features in the country's sociopolitical landscape and received more attention abroad than they did at home.

The more recent threats of environmental damage, however, are more unusual.

It may be that the Serta drivers are seeking to recreate the success of an infamous workers' campaign nine years ago in which workers at the Cellatex textile plant poured thousands of litres of sulphuric acid into the river Meuse. They were rewarded by management with a year-long redundancy package of 80% of their salary.

"The workers ... do not want to leave with the frankly pathetic minimum legal compensation," said Villemin, who has been on strike with the workers since last week. "If we do not obtain decent pay-offs we will unfortunately be reduced to opening the [fuel] drums and pour the contents into the sewers."

Antoine Faucher, campaign director of Greenpeace France, said the threats, though worrying, were in fact a reflection of growing concern for the environment. "It's significant because today, perhaps unlike previous years, the environment is recognised in itself as a resource," he said. "To take it hostage may be of greater value now than it was before."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009...seine-pollution

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The G20 are supposed to be going to discuss banker's pay. If our banker's pay is cut I hope they threaten to throw themselves in the Thames.

will they need some help?

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The G20 are supposed to be going to discuss banker's pay. If our banker's pay is cut I hope they threaten to throw themselves in the Thames.

That would definitely kill all the fish.

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The G20 are supposed to be going to discuss banker's pay. If our banker's pay is cut I hope they threaten to throw themselves in the Thames.

That would be a start.

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I can't better that! Brilliant :-)

+1 Juvenal will be crying he didn't get in there first as he seems to be one of the best at these sort of funnies

bravo indeed :lol:

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They should stick to flambé sheep at the docks. I admire their stance but I don't think polluting a major waterway is the right way of garnering support.

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I'd rather workers had the satisfaction of smashing their place of work up, when it goes bust, rather than administrators, lawyers and accountants feeding off the corpse or the banks get any money back for that matter.

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There's no ******ing about with the French

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The G20 are supposed to be going to discuss banker's pay. If our banker's pay is cut I hope they threaten to throw themselves in the Thames.

I've heard they intend to hang themselves from Blackfriars bridge.

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Sounds about right for the French.

Chuck some more dog shit on the pavement whilst you're at it lads.

Probably best to only get them to do that mornings only - you don't want them to go on strike.

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At they sorted out those responsible for debasing the currency

Vince Cable: 'Bring back the guillotine...for bankers'

By Vince Cable

Last updated at 10:45 AM on 09th February 2009

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CABLE: 'The unfettered greed and rewards for stupidity and failure which have been exposed in the City leave a very bad taste in everyone's mouth'

CABLE: 'The unfettered greed and rewards for stupidity and failure which have been exposed in the City leave a very bad taste in everyone's mouth'

The crass behaviour of Britain’s financial aristocracy rivals the last of the Bourbons. Marie Antoinette famously patronised the Parisian mob with her ‘let them eat cake’, while dining in luxury in the Tuileries.

The City bankers who ruined their banks but have been kept in employment by the taxpayer now demand we pay them their bonuses to maintain the aristocratic lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. They know no shame and take no blame. They are lucky the British have no guillotines in stock.

Is the public outrage simply the politics of envy? I think not. Most of us have no problem with successful entrepreneurs earning lots of money. They rightly command respect, as the backbone of a healthy, private enterprise system.

The bonus-hunting bankers, by contrast, stand charged with destroying wealth on an epic scale. Foolish, greedy, irresponsible behaviour and excessive risk-taking led to massive losses and the crisis in the banking system which is now costing millions their jobs and many their homes. Why should such failure be rewarded?

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-...l#ixzz0OkmMoQ9E

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