Closed since last September, the Bridgestone plant in Béthune (Pas-de-Calais) will not reopen, as announced by Agnès Pannier-Runacher on Thursday, November 12. On the other hand, potential buyers have already been approached. “These alternative projects will not see the light of day for several months, if not several years,” nevertheless tempers Stéphane Ducrocq, lawyer of the intersyndicale of Bridgestone. “So these are not short-term employment solutions for employees”, he specifies.
The lawyer was keen to highlight the position of the State and local authorities throughout the discussions with the Japanese firm. But they were in vain. “All that was missing was Bridgestone’s will to continue this adventure, he regrets. The employees had a remarkable attitude. It is now up to the employer to assume its responsibilities by issuing a big check to each of them. “ 863 people worked on this Pas-de-Calais site.
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