By Oliver Hall
The recession is set to claim more jobs at the Pirelli tyres factory in Carlisle, it has been revealed.
Pirelli is seeking voluntary redundancies among production workers as the worldwide car market slump continues to decimate sales.
The Italian tyres company has not revealed how many jobs will go, however executives have stressed that with the support of staff they remain confident that the factory’s long-term future could be protected.
News of the latest losses emerged the day after as a second five-day shutdown caused by the falling demand began on Wednesday.
They come on the back of 20 redundancies announced last month, 20 supervisory jobs in November and 60 last summer.
Pirelli said it had notified senior trade union officials that they were willing to consider voluntary redundancy applications from blue collar production workers and supporting services.
A statement added: “This is due to the continuing slowdown of the global tyre market and reduction in car manufacturing which is clearly going to last longer than originally predicted.
“Announcements of plans by leading governments to improve the situation, even if successful, will not have an immediate impact on production volumes.
“At this stage it is not possible to predict the number of voluntary redundancies there will be at either plant due to the volatility in world markets.
“However, it is Pirelli’s hope that all losses can be achieved by the use of volunteers.
“Pirelli Industrial is confident that with the continuing support of their employees and unions we can, in partnership, protect the long term future of the Carlisle and Burton factories.”