By Denna Bowman
More job losses loom for workers who make the raw materials for tyres at the Pirelli plant in Burton.
The Italian tyres firm had indicated last month that it was optimistic it was on the verge of bouncing back from the recession.
However, last week bosses announced another five-day shutdown at the Carlisle tyres making plant because demand in Europe had failed to match its “optimistic prediction”.
Now Pirelli has revealed that there will be “additional lay-offs for specific shifts” at the Burton plant, which makes the raw materials for the tyres being produced at the Carlisle factory.
In a statement, Pirelli said: “The company appreciates this is a worrying and financially challenging period for our employees, is constantly monitoring market conditions and demand, and keeps an open dialogue with workers with the common goal of limiting sacrifice to that strictly necessary.
“It’s unfortunate, but we have to do this to guarantee the long-term future of the plant.”
Last month Pirelli announced it had seen a glimmer of hope towards “stabilisation” in the market and had reinstated a full working week at both plants.
However, this week the firm admitted: “Unfortunately, the demand for tyres across Europe, in the short term, has not matched this optimistic prediction.
“Regretfully, it is therefore necessary to introduce a further shutdown at both plants.
“There will be additional lay-offs for specific shifts for the Burton plant due to reduced production at Carlisle.”