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Jobs fair to be held for Goodyear staff facing redundancy

A jobs fair for workers facing redundancy at Goodyear is to be held at Dunstall Racecourse later.

More than 330 workers will lose their jobs Credit: ITV News Central

In October the firm's bosses announced that more than 330 staff will lose their jobs during a phased closure throughout 2016.

Goodyear have been manufacturing tyres and compounds in Wolverhampton for 88 years.

The first staff will go on December 31st.

Union leaders to discuss Goodyear job losses

Union leaders will meet this morning Credit: PA

Union leaders fighting the closure of the Goodyear plant in Wolverhampton are meeting this morning.

'Unite' say workers weren't consulted properly on the plans to close the factory in January 2017, which will result in 300 job losses. Goodyear say the plant is no longer viable.

The meeting will take place at 9am this morning in Birmingham.


Plea to Obama to save Wolverhampton Goodyear plant

A man who's facing redundancy from Goodyear in Wolverhampton after working there for 28 years says he feels bereft the US firm have decided to leave the city.

Three generations of Wayne Devaney's family have worked for the firm since it opened in 1927. Last month it was announced the factory will close in 2017 because it's not economically viable.

But now Wayne has written to President Barack Obama to put pressure on bosses to change their minds. Chris Halpin reports.

Report: Iconic Goodyear Wolverhampton plant to close

More than 300 workers are facing redundancy tonight with the closure of the iconic Goodyear tyre-making plant in Wolverhampton.

Unions described the move as "a devastating blow".

The factory has been a rich part of the Midlands' manufacturing heritage for nearly nine decades and closing it has been described as "the end of an era". Watch Peter Bearne's full report:

Managing Director of Goodyear says company must "remain competitive"

Managing Director of Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK, Erich Fric, has given ITV Central an interview regarding the closure of the company's Wolverhampton branch.

He's said that today is a "sad day for both the company and people in Wolverhampton", but they need to consider changes to "remain competitive".

According to Fric, there are "big pressures from Asian imports into Europe" and the company currently has existing capacity in other facilities.

However, it is their aim to "minimise redundancies" if the closure does go ahead.

Unite Union shocked at closure of Goodyear plant

The Unite union which represents workers at the Goodyear plant says today's closure announcement has come out of the blue.

Union regional officer Andy Taylor said the workforce would be in shock. Credit: ITV Central News

Shop stewards were given the news by management at 10 o'clock this morning. The proposal is for a phased shutdown of the Bushbury Lane site by January 2017 with the loss of 330 jobs.

Union regional officer Andy Taylor said the workforce would be in shock.

They were aware of a downturn in demand in Europe, which had affected production in Wolverhampton, but the timing of today's announcement was unexpected.


Wolverhampton City Council release official statement on Goodyear closure

Wolverhampton City Council have released an official statement regarding this morning's announcement on the closure of the iconic Goodyear tyre manufacturer.

Goodyear has informed us of its plans to close its Stafford Road site with the loss of 330 jobs.

“This is extremely disappointing news and we are seeking an urgent meeting with the company.

“While we recognise Goodyear is a global business that has to make global decisions, we would urge the company, which has a deep-rooted history with the city, to reconsider this decision.

“Should the worst happen, we will work with Goodyear to explore what support can be offered to those facing redundancy, and draw on the help and advice of trade unions and partners to provide new training opportunities.

“A number of companies in the area are growing and we will do as much as possible to ensure those local people affected are able to compete for the new jobs being created by these businesses.”

– Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader of the Council