TITAN TYRES TO CLOSE FRENCH PLANT BECAUSE THE FRENCH ARE TOO LAZY – In what is an extraordinary and open view of the French workforce the US Chairman of Titan Tyres, Maurice Taylor, has written an open letter to the French Government and the Unions of the plant telling them exactly like it is without pulling any punches.
In this letter Mr. Taylor stated:
“I have visited the factory several times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three hours and work for three. I told the French union workers this to their faces. They told me that’s the French way! The French farmer wants cheap tires. He does not care if the tyres come from India or China and these governments are subsidizing them. Your government doesn’t care either.” Maurice Taylor, Chairman US Titan Tyres.
The message is one that the French Government and the French Unions are not pleased about. This comes as no real surprise as often the truth hurts.
With France teetering on the brink of a recession the last thing they need is for another huge loss of jobs. The factory, which currently employs over 1,170 people, is to close due to the company being unable to work with the French work ethic and the Unions continuously looking for ways to reduce the amount of work the French have to do on a daily basis.
Unemployment is now at its highest ever level in 15 years and still the French and the French Government seem blasé to their work ethics. Even a previous French Minister, Christine Lagarde once remarked in a newspaper that the French are work shy and lazy; and that any Frenchman asked if he would like to be an entrepreneur he would run away in complete terror.
We have all seen how the French live, and at times it almost appears a carefree life, however as the reality of recession bites further the French are going to have to take a stand back and take a good long, hard look at themselves and their work ethic if they want their country to prosper.
UBS, the Swiss Bank, undertook a study and noted that the French worked the lowest hours per year than any other country on earth with just 1,480 production hours and a staggering 27 days of annual leave.
If you want to compare this with Britain, the average working hours per year is 1,782, with just 20 days leave a year. However, it does have to be said that this still leaves Britain at 36th place in the world league of working hours, which is not something to be proud of considering our industrious heritage.