Fifty-thousand people took up the cause of the Lip Watch factory workers, who were casted from their Besancon factory by police six weeks ago, during a 10 kilemetre march to the town on Saturday (September 29).
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Background: Fifty-thousand people took up the cause of the Lip Watch factory workers, who were casted from their Besancon factory by police six weeks ago, during a 10 kilemetre march to the town on Saturday (September 29).
Protesters came from all over France, and they were joined in a show of solidarity by workers from Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and West Germany.
Employees at the bankrupt Lip company kept the factory running for four months before police evicted them on August 15. During the current week, there's expected to be new meeting between union leaders and a government mediator, seeking a way to resurrect the factory.
SYNOPSIS: Workers staged a big show of solidarity in the French town of Besancon on Saturday. Labour troubles in the town hit the headlines earlier this year when the world-famous Lip watch factory went bankrupt. For four months, workers took over the factory and succeeded in keeping it reaming until they were casted by police midway through August. Fifty-thousand people turned out for Saturday's ten-kilometre march. They came from all over Frances, and there were even workers from Belgium, Switzerland, West Germany and Italy.
During the coming week, union leaders representing the Lip workers are scheduled to have talks with government mediator Henry Giraud. They'll be seeking a new formula to resurrect the bankrupt factory.
Saturday's march went off without incident. But there has to be a let of hard talking before a solution can be found for the troubled firm. Union leaders are demanding that there should be no joblesses among the thirteen-hundred workers. But the government plans to lay off nearly three-hundred man if the factory is to be reponed.