Amiens, France – Goodyear is reviewing a recent ruling by a French court that found the company at fault for the unfair dismissal of more than 800 employees in 2014.
In a 28 May decision, the Amiens labour court ruled that Goodyear fired 832 employees at its factory in the northern French city “without a valid economic motive.”
In a written statement to ERJ on 3 June, Goodyear said the closure was required to safeguard the group’s competitiveness.
“The company reminds that it had established a robust support plan for its associates as taken into account by the court which limited the amount of damages to six months of salaries (legal minimum),” the statement added.
Goodyear said it will review the decision before considering an appeal, but did not comment further.
The Akron, Ohio-based tire maker closed down the passenger car and farm tires production factory in 2014 after four years of disputes with workers and management at the plant.