Tyre giant Michelin has given “categoric assurances” to workers over the future of its Stoke-on-Trent headquarters, global branding centre and truck tyre re-treading plant after revealing plans to axe 845 jobs at its factory in Dundee.
An action group set up to save hundreds of jobs at the closure-hit Michelin Dundee tyre factory is just days away from handing over final proposals to the company's executives.
Sir, – I have been employed at Michelin Dundee for 34 years.
Dundee City Council leader John Alexander has said he fears the “ripple effect” that would follow the closure of Dundee’s Michelin factory.
Around 60 apprentices have been caught up in Michelin’s decision to close its Dundee factory.
Millions of pounds for supporting Scottish firms were lying dormant in bank accounts while Michelin Dundee spiralled into decline.
It is sad news and a shock to the workers, but the closure of the Michelin plant in Dundee is just the beginning of a revolution.
Sir, – To say I am appalled at the loss of the Michelin plant in Dundee would be an understatement; the situation is a disaster for a city which has suffered death from a thousand cuts – Timex, NCR and on and on – over the last 20 years.
Tax breaks and government grants are ready to be deployed in the battle to save Dundee’s Michelin plant, says the finance secretary.
Michelin Dundee, Scotland’s only tyre manufacturing plant, opened in the early 1970s after a small team from France toured potential sites for a new factory and settled on farmland near Baldovie, in the north-east of the city.