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(Reuters)   Tire manufacturer CEO asked by France to take over one of their struggling companies responds with "Oh, wait, you are serious? Let me laugh louder"   (reuters.com) divider line 153
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2013-02-20 10:19:53 AM
Smoking break.  Baguette break.  Union meeting break.  (Turns one bolt.)  Quitting time!
 
2013-02-20 11:42:37 AM
These rogue CEOs and their labor shattering practices need to know the guillotine!

/is that the French way too?
 
2013-02-20 11:42:57 AM
For Breakfast, we will do something cool like have a cigarette and then like a bar of chocolate and then we go for work, for like one half hour, two half hour.
 
2013-02-20 11:43:36 AM

Rhypskallion: These rogue CEOs and their labor shattering practices need to know the guillotine!

/is that the French way too?


this doesn't sound particular roguish
 
2013-02-20 11:43:50 AM
Yeah, screw French workers, and U.S. workers. China and India, less than 1 euro per hour! That's all that people are worth! Gotta keep a poverty class to do the slavework of the 1% !!

No question as to who the asshole is in this story.
 
2013-02-20 11:46:11 AM
I guess they hope with the changes they will have a Goodyear.

Maybe Bridgestone the gap and make things better

He now has one Michelin in life.

Yokohama!
 
2013-02-20 11:46:35 AM
Colombia has a 48 hour work week.

You get to work at 8 am and gossip til 9 while making coffee.

At 10:00 you have a little snack.

at 12. you go home for 2 hours for lunch.

You get back at 2 and talk about how full you are from lunch for a half hour.

at 4:30 you have another snack.

5:30 you call the boss and push your deadline back a few days.

At 6:00 someone goes for a bottle of booze and you leave the office tanked at 1 am and call in sick the next day.
 
2013-02-20 11:46:58 AM
BUT I AM LE TIRED.

amrite???
 
2013-02-20 11:48:20 AM
Buying stock in his company.
 
2013-02-20 11:48:32 AM
Oddly, when unions clash with the corporate whores I find myself sympathizing more with the corporate whores than the mafia.  His letter was spot on.
 
2013-02-20 11:49:52 AM
Most office people in the US have something like this: Well I've got my fark hour. Then my checking out facebook block.  Then my beer hour. Then some work. Then a useless meeting, then my shopping hour.
I'm mostly french I guess. Of course I don't work a blue collar job as I'm like this CEO and better than those common people.
 
2013-02-20 11:50:18 AM

Christian Bale: Yeah, screw French workers, and U.S. workers. China and India, less than 1 euro per hour! That's all that people are worth! Gotta keep a poverty class to do the slavework of the 1% !!

No question as to who the asshole is in this story.


if that's the plan, he's doing it wrong by outsourcing there.
 
2013-02-20 11:50:37 AM
I don't agree with sending the work to China and/or India, but really France, three hours days?!  Come on!
 
2013-02-20 11:50:39 AM
Maybe they're not suckers who would give up their collective bargaining for lower pay, worse hours, fewer benefits, and massive profits for the top few percent shareholders?
 
2013-02-20 11:50:52 AM
The US should go to a 32 hour work week. Screw this 5-day a week crap.
 
2013-02-20 11:51:10 AM
The minister refrained from an immediate reply: ""Don't worry, there will be a response,"


www.fans25.com
 
2013-02-20 11:51:14 AM
When we sell off the Eiffel Tower, gut the Louvre at fire-sale prices and turn the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile into a Jacques in Zee Box, then we Americans will have taught the French a lesson about capitalism.

/The Paris Communard means nothing! Nothing! It was in the 19th Century for Christ's sake
 
2013-02-20 11:51:59 AM

95629: BUT I AM LE TIRED.

amrite???


Alright, zen take a nap.
 
2013-02-20 11:52:10 AM
So he's painfully stupid, likes the availability of slave labor, and has a douchey nickname.

Ain't that America
 
2013-02-20 11:52:17 AM

Giltric: The minister refrained from an immediate reply: ""Don't worry, there will be a response,"


[www.fans25.com image 850x655]


why is the minister flying the Confederate Battle Flag?
 
2013-02-20 11:52:17 AM

t3knomanser: The US should go to a 32 hour work week. Screw this 5-day a week crap.


shiat, I would be happy with a 40 hour work week over 4 days instead of 5!  I don't mind the hours, but it would be nice to always have a 3 day weekend!
 
kab
2013-02-20 11:52:32 AM
""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," Taylor wrote on February 8 in the letter in English to the minister, Arnaud Montebourg."

Written by Maurice Taylor, who 'earned' over 2.8 million in 2011 at Titan.  I'm sure he busted his ass working, and skipped lunch on a regular basis.

Leading by example, and all that.
 
2013-02-20 11:52:59 AM
Nothing of value to add, I just want to bookmark this thread to see where it goes.
 
2013-02-20 11:53:01 AM

Christian Bale: Yeah, screw French workers, and U.S. workers. China and India, less than 1 euro per hour! That's all that people are worth! Gotta keep a poverty class to do the slavework of the 1% !!

No question as to who the asshole is in this story.


The problem is the cost to hours worked ratio...even if the french did somehow manage to create a better product.  I'm sure the CEO would prefer to take american laborers who would be willing to work 6 - 8 hours a day.  If I were I were an executive and I had a company flat out tell me that it's guaranteed that my employees are only ever going to work 3 hours a day, have an extremely large amount of vacation days, pretty much guaranteed strike days, transit strikes where employees cannot make it to work, I'd laugh in his face.


With that said  ...manufacturing will always remain in the poorest of countries so long as people want the most for the least.  There is such a lack of incentive to pay more and get less.
 
2013-02-20 11:53:03 AM

HotWingConspiracy: So he's painfully stupid, likes the availability of slave labor, and has a douchey nickname.

Ain't that America


Seems like a wise move, this isn't slave labor and yeah, his nickname sucks
 
2013-02-20 11:53:09 AM
Speaking of lazy workers, that article had two reporters, a writer, and an editor and it was still a mess.  The bottom half is a rewritten version of the first.  I had to read the first half three times to figure out who said what, and just where the hell Goodyear fit in.  And they still never told us what the CGT union stands for.  Is it just that particular tire plant?

The article would have been improved by firing all four of the British employees who created this turd and outsourcing the gig to an Indian intern with the instructions to cut and paste the original letter.
 
2013-02-20 11:53:51 AM

skullkrusher: Giltric: The minister refrained from an immediate reply: ""Don't worry, there will be a response,"


[www.fans25.com image 850x655]

why is the minister flying the Confederate Battle Flag?



At least it's not an orifice and a pickle.
 
2013-02-20 11:53:57 AM
well have a nap, THEN FIRE ZE MISSLES!
 
2013-02-20 11:55:21 AM
God forbid that people have actual time for themselves and their families and have a nice life.
 
2013-02-20 11:56:20 AM

skullkrusher: HotWingConspiracy: So he's painfully stupid, likes the availability of slave labor, and has a douchey nickname.

Ain't that America

Seems like a wise move, this isn't slave labor and yeah, his nickname sucks


Stupid about "3 hour work days", less than a Euro a day is about the thinnest veneer of not-slavery you could find, and bro-fist.

He sounds like the Guy Fieri of the tire industry.
 
2013-02-20 11:57:29 AM
Solution: take his company, sell it, and use the money to prop up the failing company.

It's the humane thing to do.
 
2013-02-20 11:57:32 AM
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The Grizz

He is totally in your face.
 
2013-02-20 11:58:00 AM

justanotherfarkinfarker: Most office people in the US have something like this: Well I've got my fark hour. Then my checking out facebook block.  Then my beer hour. Then some work. Then a useless meeting, then my shopping hour.
I'm mostly french I guess. Of course I don't work a blue collar job as I'm like this CEO and better than those common people.


damn straight! If you aren't smart enough to figure out how to not work in a tire factory then you have to deal with shiat that get's dealt to you.
 
2013-02-20 11:58:33 AM
What?!?

The French workers get A WHOLE HOUR FOR A LUNCH BREAK?!?!!?!?!?!?!?

Farking socialists.
 
2013-02-20 11:58:54 AM
Workers can have higher wages and compensation, but they have to - you know - WORK and be productive.
 
2013-02-20 12:00:03 PM

jaybeezey: justanotherfarkinfarker: Most office people in the US have something like this: Well I've got my fark hour. Then my checking out facebook block.  Then my beer hour. Then some work. Then a useless meeting, then my shopping hour.
I'm mostly french I guess. Of course I don't work a blue collar job as I'm like this CEO and better than those common people.

damn straight! If you aren't smart enough to figure out how to not work in a tire factory then you have to deal with shiat that get's dealt to you.


We'll always have a segment of society best suited to repetitive manufacturing tasks.  That doesn't give the rest of us carte blanche to shiat on them.
 
2013-02-20 12:01:48 PM

FenixStorm1: Christian Bale: Yeah, screw French workers, and U.S. workers. China and India, less than 1 euro per hour! That's all that people are worth! Gotta keep a poverty class to do the slavework of the 1% !!

No question as to who the asshole is in this story.

The problem is the cost to hours worked ratio...even if the french did somehow manage to create a better product.  I'm sure the CEO would prefer to take american laborers who would be willing to work 6 - 8 hours a day.  If I were I were an executive and I had a company flat out tell me that it's guaranteed that my employees are only ever going to work 3 hours a day, have an extremely large amount of vacation days, pretty much guaranteed strike days, transit strikes where employees cannot make it to work, I'd laugh in his face.


With that said  ...manufacturing will always remain in the poorest of countries so long as people want the most for the least.  There is such a lack of incentive to pay more and get less.


Like the US?....did you forget the US is the largest manufacturer in the world?

/containers from the PRC are over $5000. Unless you're shipping lots of small items, you're feeling the pinch these days
//works in manufacturing
 
2013-02-20 12:01:54 PM

mrlewish: God forbid that people have actual time for themselves and their families and have a nice life.


You are right, working 40 whole hours a week is such a burdon. That is just like.... slavery or something.
 
2013-02-20 12:02:23 PM
I learnt everything I need to know 'bout France from Fark!
 
2013-02-20 12:03:06 PM
Did anyone consider that the French are 2.5x more efficient when they do work?
 
2013-02-20 12:03:35 PM

Rapmaster2000: Speaking of lazy workers, that article had two reporters, a writer, and an editor and it was still a mess.  The bottom half is a rewritten version of the first.  I had to read the first half three times to figure out who said what, and just where the hell Goodyear fit in.  And they still never told us what the CGT union stands for.  Is it just that particular tire plant?

The article would have been improved by firing all four of the British employees who created this turd and outsourcing the gig to an Indian intern with the instructions to cut and paste the original letter.


Not that I read the article or am defending what passes for journalism nowadays but it used to be standard practice to structure a news article as a series of expanding retellings. That way if a reader wasn't interested in the story they could just read the headline and the lead then move on to another article.

But, yeah, journalism sucks worse than the Remember the Maine days. At least there was competition. And newspapers. And time to read them.
 
2013-02-20 12:04:16 PM
But wait they voted a Socialist into the presidency how could they still have any problems?
 
2013-02-20 12:04:48 PM
I would pile on about how lazy French workers are, but let's face it, I'm not posting this from home.
 
2013-02-20 12:05:56 PM

HotWingConspiracy: Stupid about "3 hour work days", less than a Euro a day is about the thinnest veneer of not-slavery you could find, and bro-fist.


hyperbolic, no doubt, but French workers do have extremely favorable labor arrangements. Less than a Euro per hour is still not slavery. Slaves don't get paid and are owned by their employers. Slight difference. Besides, the per capita income in India is about $533 euros a year. If he paid them .25 euro an hour, they'd be right in the middle.
 
2013-02-20 12:06:18 PM

Sasquach: FenixStorm1: Christian Bale: Yeah, screw French workers, and U.S. workers. China and India, less than 1 euro per hour! That's all that people are worth! Gotta keep a poverty class to do the slavework of the 1% !!

No question as to who the asshole is in this story.

The problem is the cost to hours worked ratio...even if the french did somehow manage to create a better product.  I'm sure the CEO would prefer to take american laborers who would be willing to work 6 - 8 hours a day.  If I were I were an executive and I had a company flat out tell me that it's guaranteed that my employees are only ever going to work 3 hours a day, have an extremely large amount of vacation days, pretty much guaranteed strike days, transit strikes where employees cannot make it to work, I'd laugh in his face.


With that said  ...manufacturing will always remain in the poorest of countries so long as people want the most for the least.  There is such a lack of incentive to pay more and get less.

Like the US?....did you forget the US is the largest manufacturer in the world?

/containers from the PRC are over $5000. Unless you're shipping lots of small items, you're feeling the pinch these days
//works in manufacturing


US manufacturing is efficient and tremendously productive. Imagine how much more we could do with a rational tax system, a stable fiscal and fiduciary policy, a less obstructive regulatory environment, and schools that turned out fewer unskilled English majors.
 
2013-02-20 12:06:36 PM
Just got back from St Martin and while the French may not know how to work, they are absolutely world class vacationers.
 
2013-02-20 12:07:22 PM
www.broadstuff.com

Those lazy, lazy frogs
 
2013-02-20 12:08:09 PM

skullkrusher: HotWingConspiracy: Stupid about "3 hour work days", less than a Euro a day is about the thinnest veneer of not-slavery you could find, and bro-fist.

hyperbolic, no doubt, but French workers do have extremely favorable labor arrangements. Less than a Euro per hour is still not slavery. Slaves don't get paid and are owned by their employers. Slight difference. Besides, the per capita income in India is about $533 euros a year. If he paid them .25 euro an hour, they'd be right in the middle.


Indian workers want jobs.
 
2013-02-20 12:08:41 PM
here's the problem, if this guy doesn't take advantage of a cheaper labor market his competitor will.
 
2013-02-20 12:09:07 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Smoking break.  Baguette break.  Union meeting break.  (Turns one bolt.)  Quitting time!


You forgot three smoking breaks.
 
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