Goodyear will not resume French talks until managers are released

07 January 2014 14:04  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Goodyear will not resume talks with French workers over the planned closure of its tyre plant north of Paris as long as workers keep detaining two managers, the US tyre major said in a statement to French media on Tuesday.

The workers took the two Goodyear plant managers captive following a meeting on Monday (6 January) between management and a union over plans to close the company's facility in Amiens.

The planned closure, which has been in the works for several years, would affect about 1,200 jobs. Goodyear has said that the plant, which produces consumer and farm tyres, is no longer competitive.

In related news, the secretary general of France’s communist party, PCF, said in a televised interview on French business television that he supports the workers.

When asked about the detention, Pierre Laurent said that that move was driven by "legitimate anger" on the part of the workers who had been ignored for too long.

Additional reporting by Jeremy Pafford

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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