Pirelli ‘Confident’ Burton Jobs Can Be Saved
Although production at Pirelli’s factory in Burton has lately been at a standstill, plant management are speaking positively about the future of the site and the jobs there – however it seems some level of cooperation from the worker’s unions will be needed.
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 workers 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 Mandelson: “What Pirelli is doing is taking short-term measures to ensure its long-term existence,” he said. “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 workers at Burton return to their jobs on March 2, following a six-day shut down.