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Monday, 8 January, 2001, 13:23 GMT
Goodyear axes 500 jobs
Tyres
Tyre workers rejected Goodyear's offer
The tyre maker Goodyear is to make 500 workers redundant at its Wolverhampton plant in the UK.

Goodyear's deal with Sumitomo
Union leaders fear that decissions will be taken at a global, not local, level
The redundancies will come after workers overwhelmingly rejected a pay and conditions offer, even though the deal had been recommended by the trade unions.

"This decision by the workforce means that it will be extremely difficult to build a future for the plant," Goodyear said in a statement.

The managers and the trade unions had spent eleven months hammering out the deal which was rejected in a ballot by four votes to one.

Offer rejected

Under the deal, the job losses would have been limited to just under 300 in exchange for workers accepting a cut in pay and more work.


It was a very difficult decision for them to make: it was like asking them to choose between having the plague or cholera

Roger Shutt
T&G trade union
"This is one of the strongest No votes I have seen and this is the most decisive ballot result I have seen for years in any industry," said the Transport and General Workers' Union's regional industrial organiser Roger Shutt.

Mr Shutt's union had recommended that its members vote for the deal.

"It was a very difficult decision for (the workers) to make: it was like asking them to choose having the plague or cholera.

"I am disappointed, but we will have to live with it. We are not going to lie down and die, we will still battle for the jobs of our members," Mr Shutt added.

"The problem now is that company decisions aren't made in Wolverhampton. They are made in America where they have no sentiments for Wolverhampton," added Mr Shutt.

Union bosses will now discuss their options with members and they are seeking urgent talks with the management at the Stafford Road plant.

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