By Katherine Clarkson
Despite months of shutdowns and uncertainty, bosses at the Pirelli tyres plant in Burton are optimistic about the future of the factory and its workers.
Although production has been at a standstill lately, the plant management are making positive noises about the site and the jobs there.
But the Italian tyres manufacturer will be relying to some extent on continued cooperation from the workers union to secure the sites future.
The Burton Mail has quoted a Pirelli spokesman as saying: ‘Pirelli is confident with the continuing support of their employees and the unions we can, in partnership, protect jobs and the long term future of the Burton factory.’
He added that the working hours of employees at the plant, which supplies materials to Pirelli’s Carlisle facility, will be ‘adjusted’ to match the reduced output at the Cumbrian factory.
Pirelli’s short-term measures have prompted favourable comments from government business secretary Lord Mandleson.
He said recently: ‘What Pirelli has not asked the government for a bail-out and nor is the Government in the business of offering bail-outs.’
Most of the Burton staff had returned to their jobs on Monday, following a six-day shutdown.