A brief contrast of labour protest styles between France and the United States:

USA
IBM set to layoff 5000 and offshore work to India - whilst seeking stimulus cash (link). Union reaction:

"To protest the layoffs, Alliance@IBM is asking workers to wear black and blue clothing Tuesday to represent the pain caused by the layoffs. Workers also are urged to take a 15-minute "silent break." Spouses of terminated employees are being asked to e-mail or write to IBM Chief Executive Officer Sam Palmisano "detailing the effect the job losses will have on their family." (link)

FRANCE
Caterpillar layoff 733 in Grenoble (link). Union reaction (from 0'29" to 2'16" probably sufficient to detect the subtle difference of approach):

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