Bridgestone Argentina unions take case to Tokyo

By Patrick Raleigh, ERJ On-line news editor

Brussels-Unions are asking Bridgestone Corp.’s top management in Tokyo to step in to end a bitter dispute at its Buenos Aires tyre plant. The group’s Argentinian management is refusing to reinstate 73 workers, sacked last October in a dispute over rationalistion and union recognition at the plant.

The dispute began when management refused representatives of the Sindicato Unico de Trabejadores del Neumatico Argentina (SUTNA) union entry to the plant, according to a Bridgestone Americas Holding spokeswoman. The company subsequently…

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