By Denna Bowman
An Australian mayor has called on federal decision-makers to blacklist Continental tyres after it shut its factory in his town.
The German company closed the factory eight years ago, but Fritz Knotzer, Social Democratic mayor of Traiskirchen near Vienna, announced yesterday that the town hall will acquire products by competitors of Continental and Semperit if they were of the same quality as now.
Continental stopped producing tyres at its Traiskirchen factory in 2002 after more than 100 years. Around 150 staff were laid off, while just around two dozen were kept under contract for minor assignments and maintenance work. They also now face the sack.
Continental once employed more than 1,000 workers in the town.
Knotzer also appealed to the federal government to become active and urged them to create a blacklist for firms which act as “inhumanely” as Continental/Semperit did. He also attacked the firm for “putting its profit interests over the well-being of people”.