What mechanisms did not work in French industries during the recent financial crisis? Why have employees, managers and trade unionists not been able to communicate efficiently? Companies such as Molex, 3M, New Fabris, Caterpillar and Continental have been on the field work to hear the numerous protagonists of industrial disputes. Trade unionists, multinational companies, employees, managers and factory workers: there is a huge crisis of confidence in the business world. And France stands out because of a practice which fascinates Europeans journalists: the seclusion of the employers.
This book reveals the backstage of recent social movements: their new codes, their new protagonists. We are just starting to regard strikes, tension and clashes as being part of corporate management. This book analyses with precision what the media does not show: the human dimension. Or, rather the human dimension that has not yet vanished from the business spheres.
Christine Ducros is the society department associate editor of the French daily newspaper Le Figaro ; Jean-Yves Guérin is a journalist for the economics magazine Figaro Economie.