Goodyear planning to close northern French tire plant
ERJ staff report (BC)
Paris - Goodyear is preparing to close a French plant employing 1,250 workers near the northern city of Amiens, a French government official is quoted as saying on 25 January by Reuters.
According to Le Monde, the closure plan is to be presented at a 31 January works council meeting.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. declined to comment to Reuters.
Unions called for intervention by President Francois Hollande, who had voiced support for French workers at the Goodyear Dunlop division during last year's election campaign.
Government officials met to discuss the plant's situation on Tuesday, Le Monde said.
Titan International, a US-based wheel and tire maker, abandoned a takeover offer for the plant in September after Goodyear failed to reach agreement with the CGT union on voluntary job cuts.
Goodyear also has a tire plant at Montlucon in central France, according to the company's website.
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