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Unions threaten legal action over Dunlop Motorsport closure

Unions representing 300-strong workforce at  Erdington factory warn US-based parent company Goodyear to consult workforce on alternatives to closure or face court action

Dunlop Motorsport in Castle Bromwich

Goodyear Dunlop is facing legal action over the threatened closure of its Birmingham tyre factory.

Unions representing the 300-strong workforce at the Dunlop Motorsport factory in Erdington have warned American-based parent company Goodyear to consult the workforce on alternatives to closure or face possible court action.

The news follows the company’s announcement that it plans to close the 125-year old factory, despite requests from Business Secretary Vince Cable to consider other sites in Birmingham.

The business has been forced to move from Castle Bromwich because the lease is due to expire in September and the premises have been bought by Jaguar Land Rover.

But Goodyear rejected calls from Birmingham City Council and the Government to remain in the city, announcing it would shift production to Germany and France instead.

Unite Regional Secretary Gerard Coyne said: “Goodyear Dunlop has treated its employees with contempt, failing properly to consult a loyal and long-standing workforce on alternatives to closure.

“The company we believe is in breach of British law and its obligations to examine alternatives to closure through the European Works Council for Goodyear Dunlop.

“That’s why we have made it clear that the company will face legal action unless Goodyear Dunlop sits down with the workforce, Government and Birmingham City Council seriously to examine the offer made of moving elsewhere in Birmingham with a package of financial assistance to relocate.”

Jack Dromey, MP for Erdington, said: “Goodyear Dunlop has a moral obligation to the workers who have built the success of a world-class British business. The company has a legal obligation as well.

In a statement last week, the firm said: “For several months, we have also worked closely with local agencies and authorities to identify local Birmingham site alternatives. Unfortunately no other appropriate site was available locally.”

 

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