FRANCE: EMPLOYEES AT CREDIT FONCIER VOW TO CONTINUE THEIR SIX-DAY OCCUPATION OF THE BANK'S HEADQUARTERS.
- Title: FRANCE: EMPLOYEES AT CREDIT FONCIER VOW TO CONTINUE THEIR SIX-DAY OCCUPATION OF THE BANK'S HEADQUARTERS.
- Date: 22nd January 1997
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 22, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV: EXTERIOR OF BANK HEADQUARTERS/ BANNERS (2 SHOTS) 0.07 2. GV/MV: VARIOUS OF WORKERS OCCUPYING LOBBY (3 SHOTS) 0.28 3. MV: CREDIT FONCIER CHAIRMAN JEROME MEYSONNIER ON HIS OFFICE TERRACE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN HOLDING HIM HOSTAGE FOR SIX DAYS 0.49 4. MV/MCU: CREDIT FONCIER UNION LEADER PATRICK KRONENBITTER WALKING IN LOBBY TALKING TO STAFF (2 SHOTS) 1.05 5. MCU: KRONENBITTER SAYING THAT THE UNIONS HAVE MADE A FIRST GESTURE SO THAT NEGOTIATIONS CAN START (FRENCH) 1.13 6. GV/MV/MVU: VARIOUS OF STAFF IN LOBBY (9 SHOTS) 2.07 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Duration: 00:02:08
- Story Text: INTRO: Employees occupying the Paris headquarters of the troubled bank Credit Foncier have released the bank chairman but vowed to continue their occupation.
-------------------------------------------------------------------- Bank employees at Credit Foncier in Paris on Wednesday (January 22) vowed to continue their six-day occupation of the offices but released chairman Jerome Meyssonnier.
The unions leading the strike said they allowed the chairman and the executive committee to be free so that negotiations could begin.
Meyssonnier, who had been prevented from leaving since staff started the occupation on Friday (January 17), told employees in the building he was delighted by a decision which demonstrated their sense of responsibility.
Meyssonnier's declaration followed word from unions leading the campaign against government plans to break up the bank that Meyssonnier and seven board members were no longer barred from leaving the downtown Paris building.
Hundreds of employees have been keeping up the vigil inside the plush central Paris premises since last Friday, attracting instense media coverage and turning up the heat on Arthuis.
The unions are protesting a plan by Finance Minister Jean Arthuis to break up the bank, leading to up to 2,500 job losses.
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