Thursday evening November 12, that’s for sure: Bridgestone in Béthune (Pas-de-Calais), it’s over. The site will close its doors in April 2021. When leaving the factory, the employees have a bitter taste. “The impression of being really robbed by our boss, who engineered this from the start“, breaths an employee. However, in the morning again, the government was discussing with the Japanese firm. Objective: to convince it to accept its plan to save several hundred jobs. In vain.
According to Bridgestone, the government plan failed to address the plant’s production overcapacity. For local elected officials, there is still a battle to be waged. “They are not going to leave like that, because we are in France: we are not throwing employees away like Kleenex“Says Xavier Bertrand, president of the Hauts-de-France region. For its part, the Japanese firm ensures that it has started looking for a buyer. There would be ten opportunities, including four projects already well defined.
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