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The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has told MPs he will look into what can be done to stop Dunlop's exit from Birmingham.
241 jobs are to go at the Erdington plant, after a decision by it's parent company to relocate abroad. The local MP Jack Dromey raised his concerns at Prime Minister's Questions.
GMB have announced they want to meet with Goodyear Dunlop tyres to discuss their decision to relocate after being asked 18 months ago to consider relocation to a different site in Birmingham.
GMB Regional Officer, Dominic Hicks, said:
"Despite their promises that relocating in Birmingham was an option it is clear that the company have been disingenuous with us and more importantly its loyal workforce."
"We will now seek an urgent meeting with the company to discuss this announcement in more detail. We will make sure the company meets all its legal obligations on the decision to shut the Erdington site."
GMB have said they are 'devastated' with the decision by Dunlop tyres to relocate the manufacturing of motor sport tyres abroad.
In a statement, GMB have responded to the announcement and feel the company have been 'disingenuous' after several meetings took place discussing possible relocation to another site in Birmingham.
Dominic Hicks, GMB Regional officer, said:
"GMB is devastated at the announcement made by Goodyear to move their Motor Sport business to France and Germany with the loss 240 skilled jobs to the Birmingham economy."
"Only a couple of days ago the company met with local MP Jack Dromey and Vince Cable and agreed to consider in detail alternative sites in Birmingham and in particular Aston. I am at a loss to understand how those options could have been explored in detail over such a short period of time."
Dunlop's decision to close its Birmingham factory and move jobs abroad, is "disappointing", the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has said in a statement this evening.
241 jobs are at risk following today's announcement.
The firm's lease expires on the site near Jaguar Land Rover's Castle Bromwich plant in September, and Dunlop believes there is not enough time to relocate to a local site and maintain production before the deadline.
The union, Unite, says it is 'shocked and dismayed' at the announcement that Dunlop Motorsport will close its factory in Birmingham - causing a loss of at least 241 jobs.
On the plans to move their business to France and Germany, Unite says:
Birmingham Erdington MP Jack Dromey has slammed Dunlop's decision to close its plant in his constituency, saying the tyre-maker has treated Britain and Birmingham 'with contempt'.
Just last week the Labour MP met with the firm to discuss a move to another site in the city, to save more than 240 jobs from being lost.
However the firm says another suitable site could not be found, and production will now move to its other European factories.
The Managing Director of Dunlop Brand Europe, has said it was the firm's 'strong preference' to stay Birmingham, but it was not possible.
The firm has just announced the closure of its tyre plant in Erdington with the loss of 241 jobs from Birmingham.
He went on to say:
Dunlop Motorsport Europe has announced its closing its plant in Erdington in Birmingham with the loss of 241 jobs.
The tyre maker says it's moving production to other plants in its European Manufacturing network.
The firm's lease expires on the site near Jaguar Land Rover's Castle Bromwich plant in September.
A consultation process with Trade Unions will now start.
More than 125 years of tyre making is coming to an end in Birmingham as Dunlop has announced its closing its factory with the loss of 300 jobs.
Negotiations had been underway to find a new site with Birmingham CIty Council, after Jaguar Land Rover bought the Dunlop site in Caste Bromwich earlier this year.
More to follow.