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240 Dunlop Jobs At Risk

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

GMB Devastated By Goodyear Moving Motor Sport Tyres Production From Birmingham With The Loss 240 Skilled Jobs To Local Economy

Despite their promises that relocating in Birmingham was an option it is clear that the company have been disingenuous with us and more importantly its loyal workforce says GMB.

GMB responded to the announcement, on 3rd Feb, that Dunlop tyres plans to shift manufacturing of motor sport tyres abroad rather than finding another site in the area. This puts 241 jobs at risk in Birmingham.

Dominic Hinks said "GMB is devastated at the announcement made by Goodyear to move their Motor Sport business to France and Germany with the loss 240 skilled jobs to the Birmingham economy.

Only a couple of days ago the company met with local MP Jack Dromey and Vince Cable and agreed to consider in detail alternative sites in Birmingham and in particular Aston. I am at a loss to understand how those options could have been explored in detail over such a short period of time.

GMB asked the company over 18 months ago to commit to keeping their Motor Sport business in Birmingham if they were forced to move off its current Erdington site. Despite their promises that relocating in Birmingham was an option it is clear that the company have been disingenuous with us and more importantly its loyal workforce. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release dated 19th December 2013.

We will now seek an urgent meeting with the company to discuss this announcement in more detail. We will make sure the company meets all its legal obligations on the decision to shut the Erdington site. "

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Dominic Hinks 07957 266945 or Samantha Jones 07939 874 272 or 0121 550 4888 or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880.

Notes to editors

GMB press release Thursday 19th December 2013

GOODYEAR MUST COME CLEAN ON PLANS FOR BIRMINGHAM TYRE PLANT AS 250 JOBS ARE UNDER THREAT AS SITE LEASE EXPIRES IN MAY 2014 SAYS GMB

Relocation in Birmingham must be only option and an alternative site must be identified so manufacturing in city can continue for another 125 years say GMB

GMB is concerned that the future of the iconic Dunlop Motor Sport business remains clouded in uncertainty with the threat of 250 high skilled manufacturing jobs being lost when lease expires on the current site in May 2014.

GMB is calling on Goodyear, the owners of Dunlop Motorsport, to be open and honest about its plans for the business and its commitment to manufacturing in the Birmingham area.

The lease on the current site at Tyrefort has less than six months to run as in May 2014 the site will be owned by JLR and will be used as part of the expansion of the Castle Broom site. Goodyear has still to commit to their plans for the business.

The Dunlop brand is currently celebrating 125 years of manufacturing in Birmingham.

Dominic Hinks GMB Regional Officer said “GMB members at Dunlop Motorsport face a very difficult Christmas with the threat of losing their jobs in the New Year. The lease on the current site has less than six months to run Goodyear have still to commit to their plans for the business.

GMB has tried to support the company since the announcement of the new landowners but we remain no further forward with a viable plan for the business in Birmingham.

It is vital to Birmingham and the local economy that these jobs are protected. The brand is synonymous with this area and we must do all we can to make sure tyre manufacturing continues in Birmingham.

The campaign to support the retention of the tyre business in Birmingham has been supported by Unite, local MP Jack Dromey and Birmingham City Council who have committed to supporting Goodyear in finding an alternative site.

It is now time for honesty from Goodyear, what are you plans for Motorsport? It‘s time to commit to your loyal workforce, relocation in Birmingham must be the only option and an alternative site must be identified so manufacturing in Birmingham can continue for another 125 years.”

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