Workers place bombs in front of foundry

March 6, 2013 at 12:27 PM

VAUX, France, March 6 (UPI) -- Workers at a troubled French factory said they placed 14 bombs in front of the facility to get the public to take their situation "seriously."

Gabriel Gawin, of the French Confederation of Christian Workers (CFTC) union compulsory liquidation, said he and the rest of the 168 workers at the DMI foundry placed the gas cylinders linked to detonators in front of the foundry in Vaux when the business was threatened with closure, Radio France Internationale reported Wednesday.

"These days if you are nice, nobody takes any notice of you," said Rosa, a 30-year employee of the foundry. "Until now we have behaved properly but people must take our threat seriously. Some people have reached saturation point."

Rosa said the workers are demanding the factory remain open and preserve as many jobs as possible, with $65,000 bonuses for those who are laid off.

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