This type of behavior and attitude infuriates me,
"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.
"I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that's the French way!" Taylor added in the letter, which was posted by business
daily Les Echos on its website and which the ministry confirmed was genuine.
Well, I can tell you right now that the CEO of Titan was either blatantly lying out of his backside or trying an attempt at humor, which was not very
diplomatic of him to do so!
The only reason he sent this letter was to cut short the discussions about him eventually purchasing the Goodyear tyre factory in Amiens.
His attitude has shocked many French people who have had enough of these stereotypical images that certain countries put upon them and also created
quite a turmoil within the French Gvt, which won’t do much good for French/USA business relationships.
I am not French and have lived in France for nearly 30 years now and I can tell you right now that apart from the odd lazy can’t be bothered civil
servant who is at the end of his career, the average French worker works over 40 hours a week and many work over 45 hours a week (the legal working
week in France is 35 hours.)
And for extra info the average French wage is 1439€ for a single person, 2657€ for a couple without children and 3087€ for a couple with one
child. After taking roughly 30% of this salary away it doesn’t leave them with much to live with at the end of the month.
Heres a link to show you (although it is in French it has pictograms so fairly easy to understand) :
Just because this idiot decided to take a literary sucker punch at the French people doesn’t give reason for people here on ATS to start French
bashing (which i am sure will happen soon from certain members as usual!).)
And to add, just because one or two of you have had one bad experience with the French DOESN’T mean that ALL French are like this… (I could say
the same things about certain other cultures represented here in ATS but I am not going to as I believe that we are not here at all to culture bash
and get nasty and spiteful with each other.
Quite a few years ago the laid back attitude of the French practically dwindled away as they were forced to accept a 35 hour week when 45 hours of
work had to be done with the Gvt saying that money saved by companies could be used to hire more workforces… BUT no, the majority of companies
didn’t hire more workers and the workers had and still have to do 40 to 45 hours work in 35 hours when possible.
Come on ladies and Gentlemen what happened to CULTURAL TOLERANCE?
Apparently Maurice "Grizzly" Taylor has either never heard of Cultural tolerance or is just quite simply another despicable person that does not
deserve the position he actually holds. I feel really sorry for his employees in the USA if he treats them as badly as he treats people outside of his
edit on 20-2-2013 by Rodinus because: phrase removed and new one added