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Nothing to do with managers caught sleeping at work, but an industrial tactic involving the kidnapping of managers by workers to achieve better terms and conditions or protect jobs.

Boss-napping became commonplace in France in 2009, when managers at Caterpillar, 3M and Sony were all held hostage by their employees demanding fewer lay-offs and better pay.


boss-napping in the news

In January 2014, trade union members at a Goodyear tyre plant in northern France took two of their managers hostage in...