Bomb Threats Work? Nortel France Settles Labor Dispute

Just days after threatening to blow up their plant, Nortel workers in France have come to an agreement with company administrators over a severance-pay dispute.

The company has agreed to keep the Chateaufort facility operating until at least Aug. 16. That’s the closing date for bids to buy the operation. Details about severance pay for the soon-to-be-out-of-work employees will be made public when a deal between the two sides is signed.

Top brass for the company in France only agreed to meet with the workers if they agreed to drop their bomb threat.

The Nortel workers in France went on strike July 6. They want $141,000 (U.S.) on top of their standard severance.

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