Unite the union has today (18 December) welcomed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) designed to secure a long-term future for Michelin’s site in Dundee. Michelin announced plans to close its Dundee plant by mid-2020, with the loss of 845 jobs. The decision was blamed on an influx of cheap foreign imports from Asia into the European market and falling demand for premium tyres in smaller dimensions. 

Unite the union, who represents the vast majority of the workforce, has been an integral part of the Action Group comprising key stakeholders seeking to find a sustainable future for the site. The establishment of the Michelin-Scotland Alliance will work towards the transformation of the site and the creation of significant employment opportunities through the development of a Michelin-Scotland Innovation Parc. The initiative will aim to create opportunities in manufacturing, remanufacturing, recycling and low carbon transport.  

Unite will also continue to meet with Michelin to ensure that during the transition towards the repurposing of the site, the best possible financial compensation package is delivered for the workforce and that as many of the existing workforce as possible find new employment on site.

Marc Jackson, Unite Convenor at Michelin Dundee, said: "Unite has been working tirelessly alongside other key stakeholders to find a long-term future for the Michelin site. We are pleased that a number of viable proposals designed to repurpose the site are being given significant political and financial support.

“This can ensure that as many new job opportunities as possible can be found for the existing workforce after tyre manufacturing ceases during 2020. Michelin could have walked away after their announcement but the company have listened, which must be acknowledged. However, the reality is that a significant number of jobs will be lost. Unite throughout this process is determined to get the best deal for every employee on site whether it is for those who wish to leave or those who wish to find new employment on site. Delivering these objectives is our priority."

For more information contact Marc Jackson (01382 734730) or Bob MacGregor on (07711376918).

Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.