Franck Perrier, General Manager of Corbis France, is booed by staff while entering the room where negotiations are being held.
The strike began on Monday January 28, after photographers accused Corbis management
of negotiating in bad faith.Photographers accused the company of making a "deliberate attempt to overstep French law relating to photographers rights", a charge Corbis rejects, and in both subsequent internal mailings to staff and reply to EPUK enquiries stressed its commitment to "follow the letter of French labour law".
...Photographers claim that when Corbis France General Manager Franck Perrier was confronted over the matter the following day in front of agency staff he admitted what the lawyer had said, but was quick to stress that he disagreed with him.
When questioned by e-mail, however, a Corbis spokesman dismissed the entire incident as "a rumour", and went on to say: "In absolutely no instance would Corbis Sygma "dismantle" photographers' photographs, slides or other material.When returned, they will contain all the mounts and information."
The row over the condition of returned archives - a long standing demand of Sygma photographers - is only the latest in the long running confrontation between Corbis-Sygma photographers and management.Photographers had already accused the company of transferring some 800,000 digital files from Paris to company headquarters in Seattle without photographers consent, or even prior knowledge - a move characterised this week by one Sygma photographer as "the first digital hold-up of the century".
...Zero points: staff mark Corbis France General Manager Franck Perrier down on his negotiating skills.