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Goodyear ready to redeploy its workforce from Colmar-Berg

The manufacturer, based in the north of Luxembourg, has started discussions to dispatch a hundred of its employees to other production sites. Included towards Dudelange.

The manufacturer, based in the north of Luxembourg, has started discussions to dispatch a hundred of its employees to other production sites. Included towards Dudelange.

(pj) The Goodyear tire production plant in Colmar-Berg was one of the first major industrial sites to come out of containment in the spring. But it is clear that the order book of the firm has fallen in recent months. Reason for which, last Tuesday, the direction convened the delegation of the company and the unions to inform them of a reorganization of the personnel.


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This measure would impact, as it stands, only around 100 employees (out of more than 3,400 employees by Goodyear Dunlop Tires in the Grand Duchy). And only staff assigned until then to the “low volume tire production” unit (low volume car tires). The idea is not to make redundancies, but to make them available to other sites. One of the outcomes could be to redeploy some of the agents to the new Dudelange plant, which the group has occupied for nearly a year.

In a joint press release, OGBL and LCGB indicate that “prototyping and tire service activities, carried out in Colmar-Berg, would not be affected”. However, the unions indicate that discussions will be started with the factory managers so that “each of the people concerned finds a place with equivalent qualification and occupation, and without loss of salary”, confides Stefan Osorio, deputy central secretary of the ‘OGBL.

It will also be a question of finding an agreement “on the accompanying measures within the job retention plan” which negotiations have also started. “The idea is to complete this redeployment process over a period of 12 to 18 months,” said Robert Fornieri, LCGB Deputy Secretary General.


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