French Factory Workers Get Naked to Save Jobs

"Will strip for work"


We all know how this works; there's nothing new about it. The Brits have been removing their clothes to save their jobs since "The Full Monty" or "Calendar Girls."

So what's so different about this story? We finally see the French protesting in a constructive way.

In a country where boss kidnappings, threats to blow up factories or pollute the Seine river, or even dumping of agricultural produce is the normal format for protest, the stripping strategy is a breezy breath of fresh air.

"We don't want to destroy anything," Brigitte Coadic told Reuters. Coadic is the representative of the CGT union at the Chaffoteaux et Maury boiler factory. "We want to show what we can do, tell the management that, if they keep us, we can turn all this media attention into something positive."

The factor workers posed naked for a calendar in an attempt to save 204 out of 250 factory jobs. The proceeds will then fund a trip to Italy where they plan to protest in front of the parent company Ariston Thermo Group (ATG).

"Our aim is to show there are workers here who will do anything to save their jobs, even take their clothes off," she said. And they're doing just that. Thirteen men from the boiler factory will be completely nude save for some helmets and masks.

The calendar is slated to arrive in the fall.

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