By Denna Bowman
Pirelli tyres has started a five-day shutdown at its two factories in the UK.
The planned closures at the Italian tyres manufacturers plants in Carlisle and Burton-upon-Trent are in response to the low level of demand for tyres across Europe.
Production has ceased at the factories today and will re-start again on 2nd July.
Bosses had increased production at the Carlisle factory during May as a response to an expected stabilisation of the market, which has been hit by the problems dogging the recession-hit car market.
Staff at the beleaguered plant had been boosted by the decision to return to a full working week, however, Pirelli stressed the situation was under constant review.
However, the air of optimism was short lived, and a few weeks later this latest shutdown was announced, with bosses admitting they were working to “limit sacrifices”.
Back in March the tyres firm cut 20 jobs at the Carlisle factory in Dalston Road and previous shutdowns have taken place at both plants since the start of the year.
A Pirelli spokesman said: “The company appreciates this is a worrying and financially challenging period for our employees however this action is necessary for securing the future of Pirelli in the UK.”