To safeguard its competitiveness in Europe, says the Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone, it is the Béthune plant, in Pas-de-Calais, in the Hauts-de-France region, specializing in the production of tires for small vehicles, which must close in 2021. The 863 employees learned the news on the morning of Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
“I joined Bridgestone in 2003 as a temp. In 2005, I got hired”, says Pascal to the magazine “1:15 p.m. on Sunday” (replay). His wife Céline says: “My grandfather opened in 1961, my father was hired in 1980 and I came back in 2008 with the intention of making my career there. My daughter said to me: ‘Me too, later , I’ll work at Bridgestone and be a mechanic like you. ‘ But for her, that will not be possible. “
“My factory like my house”
“This Wednesday, I wake up normally and I learn on social networks that Bridgestone is closing its doors and leaving 863 workers on the doorstep… It’s horrendous news, said the mechanic. Since I was five years old, I have always told my dad that I will work at Bridgestone, I have succeeded, and now everything is falling apart. It’s not just a job, it’s a family. This has always been the motto since the opening: ‘The big Bridgestone family: my factory like my home.’ We have the image of Bridgestone, it’s not nothing. Until the end, I will be proud. “
Is this end programmed by the Japanese manufacturer already in mind? “We are struggling to realize and we are still in shock from the announcement”, says Céline. Her husband Pascal adds: “As they say: Goodyear, it didn’t work, Continental shut down… Why would it work?” The closure would be a disaster for this couple: “If we both find ourselves on the doorstep, unemployed, we wonder how it will be for the mutual, because we have children. And we have credits in progress: the house, the cars, the heat pump… We were supposed to spend our careers there “, explains Céline.
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