Bosses at a company in France were today released without incident after being held hostage overnight in a dispute over plans to close their factory.
The four men from a British-based company were held as a poll showed many in the country support the increasingly-popular tactic.
The CSA agency said 45% of French believe sequestering the boss is “acceptable” during protests over redundancies or other company action.
It said people aged 40-49 were most sympathetic to “sequestrations,” as they have been called in France.
Workers at plants belonging to Sony, Continental and 3M have seized their bosses for one or two days over the past month.
Meanwhile the finance director of Manchester-based firm Scapa, Ian Bushell, said unions held the bosses overnight after a breakdown in negotiations.
Speaking from Scapa’s headquarters in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, he called it a “non-aggressive action.”
Scapa manufactures adhesive films and tapes used in the auto, construction and other industries.