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 Feb 21 - Want to work 3 hours and get paid a full day's wages....go to France!
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The CEO of an American tire maker has launched a brutal attack in writing on productivity in France, telling the government that some French workers put in only “three hours” a day and that his company would be “stupid” to take over a troubled factory in the country.

In a letter published in Wednesday’s edition of French daily Les Echos, Titan International Inc. (NYSE:TWI) Chairman Maurice Taylor told French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg he had no interest in rescuing a tire plant that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (Nasdaq:GT), the largest U.S. tire maker, is closing in France.

Taylor said in the letter dated Feb. 8: “I have visited that factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but work only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three. I told the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!

Goodyear said last month it was set to close the plant, which employs 1,173 workers, following five years of failed talks with unions.

Taylor said Titan had a long history of buying and turning around troubled factories but in this case was not in any way interested. “Sir, your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are? Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tires. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government,” Taylor wrote.

"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," Taylor said. "You can keep the so-called workers."

The communist-backed CGT union hit back on Wednesday, saying the “insulting” letter showed that Taylor was more of a “lunatic” than a person suitable “to hold the reins of a multinational,” according to the Financial Times.

The CGT last year opposed a possible Titan takeover and Montebourg had hoped Titan would reconsider.

Mickaël Wamen, a CGT official, said Taylor’s letter justified the union’s opposition to Titan. “He says that the union is crazy, the government is sh-- and that [President Barack] Obama is a joke and he is going to produce in China . . . What he’s said today is not the way to break into [the European market].”

US Tire Maker Titan International CEO Maurice Taylor Derides French Workers As Lazy For Putting In ‘Three Hours A Day’
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That's why so much of Europe (except for Germany) isn't prospering.

They have it too easy and cushy. The common mentality is to be lazy and 'enjoy life.'

No wonder the Chinese are running sh!t
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This is "When keeping it real goes wrong White People Version." Never burn a bridge, always be the one who gets to say if its ever repaired.
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We got that here though, its call PTO
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ice wolf said:
That's why so much of Europe (except for Germany) isn't prospering.

They have it too easy and cushy. The common mentality is to be lazy and 'enjoy life.'

No wonder the Chinese are running sh!t

Nah, they should be like the US and slave away when you're young and in your prime so that you can reap the benefits when you're old and (possibly) have health problems.

Or be like the US where you complain every Monday - Thursday about your job and LIVE for the weekends; 2 out of 7 days a week that people can actually be care free. (fu*k it tho happy hour; TGIF dude!!!)

It's people like you who will bust your a.ss for a company and bend over backwards, neglect family, health and friendships to get 'ahead' only to realize that company doesnt give a fu*k about you and only considers you a statistic.

Yay for hard working Americans and boo for Europeans that enjoy LIFE.

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R4P said:
Nah, they should be like the US and slave away when you're young and in your prime so that you can reap the benefits when you're old and (possibly) have health problems.

Or be like the US where you complain every Monday - Thursday about your job and LIVE for the weekends; 2 out of 7 days a week that people can actually be care free. (fu*k it tho happy hour; TGIF dude!!!)

It's people like you who will bust your a.ss for a company and bend over backwards, neglect family, health and friendships to get 'ahead' only to realize that company doesnt give a fu*k about you and only considers you a statistic.

Yay for hard working Americans and boo for Europeans that enjoy LIFE.
I always wanted to move/work in europe, I see people here workin 60hrs taking work home like its great money, fu*k that, but to each thier own...time is way more important than money to me
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R4P said:
Nah, they should be like the US and slave away when you're young and in your prime so that you can reap the benefits when you're old and (possibly) have health problems.

Or be like the US where you complain every Monday - Thursday about your job and LIVE for the weekends; 2 out of 7 days a week that people can actually be care free. (fu*k it tho happy hour; TGIF dude!!!)

It's people like you who will bust your a.ss for a company and bend over backwards, neglect family, health and friendships to get 'ahead' only to realize that company doesnt give a fu*k about you and only considers you a statistic.

Yay for hard working Americans and boo for Europeans that enjoy LIFE.
I feel what you're saying...but 3 hours a day......3....come on bruh.....come on...
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ice wolf said:
That's why so much of Europe (except for Germany) isn't prospering.

They have it too easy and cushy. The common mentality is to be lazy and 'enjoy life.'

No wonder the Chinese are running sh!t
Who's prospering in China, the average citizen?

Yeah making less than 2$ an hour is definitely prospering. Gov't workers and owners of labor companies are the ones that are prospering there.
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atleast working 3 highly motivated hours with a superior education youll get good quality...

open that sh*t in china and theyll use some weak a.ss fu*king rubber, take as many production short cuts as possible and work their employees into the ground.

quality over quantity...
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we already know that will NOT ever fly here
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"Socialism sucks, and so do socialists." - William Cooper
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This is just another anit-union propaganda piece. They don't only work 3 hours. And Chinese workers are not prospering, the CEO's and the politicians are.
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Just to let everyone know the guy in the article has no idea what the fu*k hes talking about...hes exaggerating and hating on the european work mentality

They dont really only work 3 hours a day...

In europe its more about living life and less about slaving for the bankers/corporations


This should be strictly about unions and their con... Europe shouldnt of even came out his mouth..

Some unions are lazy as fu*k... All they do is milk it for everyhing they can get, thats hy their jobs got outsourced and/or replaced by machinery.. Them dudes had to bi*ch and moan about everything and people wonder why theres no jobs... Becausr unions fought to have the ability to do jack sh*t make money an keep their job .. Talk about corrupt.. But im sure some ignorant fu*ks will be praising their " hustle/con", regardless of wether it ruined our country

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R4P said:
Nah, they should be like the US and slave away when you're young and in your prime so that you can reap the benefits when you're old and (possibly) have health problems.

Or be like the US where you complain every Monday - Thursday about your job and LIVE for the weekends; 2 out of 7 days a week that people can actually be care free. (fu*k it tho happy hour; TGIF dude!!!)

It's people like you who will bust your a.ss for a company and bend over backwards, neglect family, health and friendships to get 'ahead' only to realize that company doesnt give a fu*k about you and only considers you a statistic.

Yay for hard working Americans and boo for Europeans that enjoy LIFE.

fu*kin truth, basically sums up life if u werent born into wealth, this white chick i work with her parents be tellin her that she should be enjoying her life now, say fu*k school, get married and work later because these are your youth years, i wish i had her parents
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GrezyNclean said:
I feel what you're saying...but 3 hours a day......3....come on bruh.....come on...
also most people n france get 2 months of holiday time a year

sounds legit to me
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Frank Hampton said:
Who's prospering in China, the average citizen?

Yeah making less than 2$ an hour is definitely prospering. Gov't workers and owners of labor companies are the ones that are prospering there.
China has a growing middle class. They have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and many people are prospering over there. The U.S and Europe have a dwindling middle class.

The west has gotten fat and complacent.


If you're offended my comments it's probably because you're lazy and want government hand outs, and/or a fat pay check for doing very little work.

Sorry but that's not my mentality.

The moral of the story is ... but your a$$ and get that bread.

Start a business and put in no less than 6 - 10 hours a day and you'll be well off. I speak from personal experience.

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I Get paid a daily rate @ my job for anything less than 8hrs. Over 8hrs is overtime.. All of America should adopt that
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most of europe is like this. less hours with 2 hour lunch breaks.
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R4P said:
Nah, they should be like the US and slave away when you're young and in your prime so that you can reap the benefits when you're old and (possibly) have health problems.

Or be like the US where you complain every Monday - Thursday about your job and LIVE for the weekends; 2 out of 7 days a week that people can actually be care free. (fu*k it tho happy hour; TGIF dude!!!)

It's people like you who will bust your a.ss for a company and bend over backwards, neglect family, health and friendships to get 'ahead' only to realize that company doesnt give a fu*k about you and only considers you a statistic.

Yay for hard working Americans and boo for Europeans that enjoy LIFE.
...did you even READ the article?

The Goodyear guy is complaining because HIS company is paying people to stand around talking for half of their shift. What's that have to do with enjoying life, or America?
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