…”you can keep your cheese eating, lazy, arrogant, poor personal hygiene practicing, unproductive socialistic surrender monkey, so called “workers”. We’ll go somewhere else to make our tires!”
Titan International’s Maurice Taylor, nicknamed “The Grizz” for his negotiating style, told the left-wing French industry minister in a letter published by media on Wednesday that he had no interest in rescuing a plant set for closure.
“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 businessdaily Les Echos on its website and which the ministry confirmed was genuine.
About 20 years ago, I was part of a team that consolidated three factories into one (from two in the UK and one in France). The French facility was the largest in physical size and total employees and the worst of the three in productivity by double digit margins. We were legally mandated to pay the entire workforce for three years, for one as the plant was closed and then two years after the plant was closed – even if they got another job during that time – because we were advised that the legal costs to let the workers go earlier than that would cost almost twice what the payroll costs would be.
I can also relate a personal story about a Chinese firm in Nanjing, CSR/Nanjing Rolling Stock Works, that I was investigating for a joint venture…they had 7800 employees, over 10,000 living in state supplied housing, and they generated just 26 million dollars in annual revenue…American companies with less than 100 employees do that every year.
Jobs in a Marxist economy are just the means that the government sovereigns use to facilitate wealth transfer. Productivity, incentives and innovation do not matter because everybody gets paid the same regardless of their effort.
Remember that one goal of Marxists is full employment – everybody has a job regardless of productivity or necessity.
Think about that when you hear Obama say that he will not rest until everybody has a job.