French factory staff work harder than their British counterparts, a Toyota senior executive has claimed.
Kosuke Shiramizu, a board member in charge of global production at Toyota, said production at the Valenciennes plant near Lille in France is 20 per cent higher than that at Burnaston, near Derby.
He told the Financial Times: “In France there are many unemployed people and so [those with jobs] tend to work harder.”
Shiramizu said British workers are more picky and prefer to 'job hop'.
However, the company’s figures rank its Burnaston factory as the third most productive in Europe.