Béthune: the Bridgestone factory has definitively closed its doors


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On Friday April 30, the last production team left the Bridgestone plant in Béthune (Pas-de-Calais), before the site closed definitively. For employees, it’s a page that has been turned.

The employees of the Bridgestone plant in Béthune (Pas-de-Calais) pass, with heavy hearts, their gantry for the last time. Some take things: the factory has been in existence for 60 years. But its end was announced in September 2020. The news had shaken the region: the tire manufacturer was one of the main employers.

A minimum bonus of 46,000 euros should be granted to each employee. A record sum, but some give up their entire careers: “It’s been six months since I digested it. I still haven’t digested it “, ton Francky Cagniart, former machine operator. With his bonus, he embarked on the construction of a solidarity crêperie. 863 employees are affected, but two thirds of them are currently looking for a job.

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