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Michelin slashes 1,093 jobs in France

Video by Florence VILLEMINOT

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-17

French tyre manufacturing giant Michelin has announced 1,093 job cuts from 2010 as well as a programme to allow 1,800 voluntary redundancies over the next three years. It will also close a factory in the north of the country.

AFP - French tyre maker Michelin said on Wednesday it would shed 2,800 jobs through early retirement and voluntary redundancies in the next three years, sparking concern from the government.

The company said it will also shut down one of its plants in northern France at Noyelles-les-Seclin but will boost research and development funding at its Clermont-Ferrand plant by more than 100 million euros (139 million dollars).

"We're in a logic of consolidation in France and we want to continue to produce amid very aggressive competition," Thierry Chiche, Michelin's industrial director for Europe, told AFP.

France's junior emploment minister Laurent Wauquiez told reporters: "It's clearly a report that worries us a lot." He added that the government would ensure "that no-one is left by the wayside."

The downsizing will include 1,093 job cuts from 2010 and a programme to allow 1,800 voluntary redundancies over the next three years, the company said, insisting that none of the planned redundancies would be forced.

The company said it also planned however to hire 500 people a year over the next three years in order to ensure a turnover in the workforce.

Michelin rival Continental earlier announced the closure of its factory in Clairoix, north of Paris, with the loss of 1,120 jobs, while Goodyear Dunlop has laid off 820 workers at its Amiens plant in the north.

Date created : 2009-06-17

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