Serious negotiation.

It seems that some Nortel employees are taking negotiations over layoff terms a bit more seriously:

Workers at the French arm of telecommunications manufacturer Nortel (NT.TO) have forced management into talks over layoff terms by threatening to blow up their factory, local authorities said on Wednesday.

Workers had placed gas cylinders that turned out to be empty in front of the plant in the Yvelines area near Paris after provisional management cancelled a planned meeting on Monday.

A total of 480 jobs are set to be axed at the plant following bankruptcy proceedings.

Given the way in which Nortel declared bankruptcy and dumped Canadian workers with no severance, while taking millions in management retention bonuses, this may be the only way to get their attention.

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