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250 Dunlop Jobs Under Threat

Thursday, December 19, 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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Contact: Dominic Hinks 07957 266945 or Samantha Jones 07939 874 272 or 0121 550 4888 GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 

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