Bosses at the Michelin tyres plant in Dundee are planning to shutdown at various times during the year until the demand for tyres picks up.
Management and union teams are in talks over proposals to cut hours in a bid to save jobs with the tyres manufacturer during the economic downturn.
Michelin chiefs will propose the staff take 56 hours off in 2009 on full pay, with the stipulation they work the time back in 2010.
An alternative idea is for staff to take the same amount of time off on two-thirds pay, without having to work it back.
Management has stated that they would want to keep the same level of staff so they would be in a positive position to take advantage of any upturn in demand.
The move still has to be agreed by workers at the Baldovie plant and their union Unite
Ian Peart, personnel manager at the plant, told the Dundee Courier: ‘We are trying to retain skills in the business and protect jobs and earnings, but if the sales of tyres are not what we want them to be then we would propose to close the plant for nine production days, the equivalent of 56 hours each for our workforce.
‘We believe that demand will return and we want to be in a suitable position to respond to that, and that means keeping the workforce at the levels we have.’