Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

The Arab Spring's unfulfilled promises

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Deadly attack on U.N. base in northern Mali

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The Pope meets the Patriarch

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The Pope meets the Russian Patriarch

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump and Bern: outsiders win big in New Hampshire (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Recycle and spin: Hollande includes greens in new cabinet (part 2)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Paris: A nightlife in limbo?

Read more

REVISITED

Video: 40 years on, Franco's ghost still haunts Spain

Read more

#TECH 24

'Life as a cyborg' with Angel Giuffria

Read more

Business

Goodyear to close tyre plant in northern France

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-02-01

After five years of unsuccessful labour negotiations, Goodyear executives on Thursday announced a plan to close a tyre plant that employs 1,173 workers in the northern French city of Amiens. Goodyear described the plan as "the only option".

Executives at a Goodyear tyre plant in Amiens, northern France, presented on Thursday a plan to close the site, which employs 1,173 workers.

"Closing the factory is the only option after five years of unsuccessful negotiations," said a French-language statement, which added that the plan had been presented to a works committee and would serve as the basis for further consultations with workers' representatives.

Henry Dumortier, chairman of Goodyear's French unit, said: "We are fully aware of the impact of the announcement we are making today and the plan's heavy consequences for staff, their families and local communities."

He added: "We are deeply disappointed that five years of negotiations were not enough to reach a compromise with representatives of workers at Amiens Nord. Today's announcement was the only option left to us."

Tyre production at the plant led to an aggregate loss in 2011 of 61 million euros ($83 million) according to Goodyear figures.

(AFP)

 

Date created : 2013-01-31

  • FRANCE

    Amiens rioters receive suspended sentences

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    France vows crackdown on 'troublemakers' after Amiens riots

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Amiens riots spark fears of economic unrest

    Read more

COMMENT(S)