The head of U.S. tire maker Titan launched a vitriolic attack on French productivity after the country's socialist government suggested he buy a tire factory in the north of France.
"How stupid do you think we are?" wrote Maurice Taylor, in a letter to French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg, obtained by French business newspaper Les Echos on Wednesday.
Montebourg had asked the U.S. mogul to take over a Goodyear tire factory that is due to close.
The factory is located in Amiens in France's industrial heartland, 75 miles north of Paris. Goodyear Tire & Rubber company reported in January that it will close the unprofitable plant, putting around 1,000 workers out of jobs.
In his letter to Montebourg, Taylor left no doubt as to why he did not want to buy the factory.
"I have visited that factory a couple of times. 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 hours," he wrote.
"I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that's the French way!"
"Titan is going to buy a Chinese tire company or an Indian one, pay less than one Euro per hour wage and ship all the tires France needs," he wrote. "You can keep the so-called workers. Titan has no interest in the Amiens North factory."
Out of curiosity I looked at French unemployment.. which has been climbing for more than 4 years now.. 10.5% is the latest number. (apparently it's a 13 year high).
“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -Malcolm X-
How is any developed country supposed to compete with "Titan is going to buy a Chinese tire company or an Indian one, pay less than one Euro per hour wage and ship all the tires France needs,"?
Do you agree with how the United States has been able to retain tire manufacturing jobs here?
well quite honestly we can't compete (unless shipping becomes insanely expensive).. We imposed a tariff on China which decreased tire imports from them by 30%. But per the International Trade commission that 30% was made up by: Canada, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, and Taiwan.
In the end we payed slightly more for tires and ramped up some jobs in other competing countries (not the U.S. even in the slightest).
wow...talk about a backhanded bitch-slap across the face...
Last edited by Radeck; 02-20-2013 at 03:00 PM..
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