Striking Employees Voice Concerns Over Tyre Quality
Striking Goodyear employees have warned the public to think carefully when choosing new tyres for their vehicle in the next few months. Their concerns are based upon potential safety issues posed by Goodyear tyres manufactured by replacement non-union labour.
“These tyres aren’t being built by professionals that know what they’re doing,” stated striking worker Tom Angell. “They’re just people they’ve pulled out of temporary agencies. People that have basically never built tyres before in their life.”
Goodyear workers pointed out that a similar situation has previously occurred. A Princeton University study has linked tyres made during industrial unrest at a Firestone plant six years ago with defective tyres. When replacement workers were used to build tyres at Firestone rollover accidents led to the company recalling fourteen million tyres.
“Frankly, they’re putting our jobs and their company at risk by selling these tyres,” said Angell. “The public really needs to evaluate the risk and I don’t know if they want to do that at the hands of their families.”
Officials at Goodyear defended the quality of their tyres following the previous release of a union-produced video on youtube.com raising the issue of tyre quality, pointing out that their established quality control systems and procedures ensure that ever tyre manufactured meets Goodyear’s quality standards.