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Closure of the Bridgestone plant: employees disgusted



Bridgestone in Béthune (Pas-de-Calais), it’s over. The closure of the plant was confirmed on Thursday, November 12. At the exit, the workers were bitter. “It really feels like we are being robbed by our boss, who has engineered it all from the start,” one of them blows. A few hours earlier, the government was still trying to negotiate with the Japanese firm, to no avail. “We will be alongside the employees to find the best possible solutions,” promised Agnès Pannier -Runacher, Minister Delegate in charge of Industry.

The unions are shot and sickened. “There was a solution and they didn’t even look at it”, regrets Éric Brasme, union delegate from South. The 863 employees no longer had too many illusions since the announcement of the closure of the factory last September. The objective of the State and the local authorities is to find a buyer. The Japanese firm has already started looking for one. There would be ten opportunities, including four already well defined projects.

The JT

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