Thousands of workers from France's nationalised car firm, Renault, held a mass meeting in paris on Tuesday (4 March) to demand Government intervention in their dispute with their employer.
GV Workers gathered outside Renault factory (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators with banners starting procession
GV Demonstrators with banners along road (5 shots)
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GV TILT FROM Building to demonstrator's platform in front of building
GV Demonstrators with placards chanting (2 shots)
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Background: Thousands of workers from France's nationalised car firm, Renault, held a mass meeting in paris on Tuesday (4 March) to demand Government intervention in their dispute with their employer.
The union claimed that the autonomously-managed company threatened to dismiss what it described as "hostages" to suppress claims on pay and conditions.
The workers met to give union leaders backing to visit the Prime Minster, M. Jacques Chirac, demanding his intervention. They also were asked to demonstrate against "interference in the right to strike."
But M. Chirac has since refused to meet a union delegation.
The current strike at Renault's factory in Le Mans, which has held up spare-part production, and the reported 150 stoppages in other plants last month has forced the company to out its workers on short times.
It was announced by Renault management on Monday (3 March) that 30,000 workers at tow of its largest factories would begin short-time working.