Unite the union has today (30 November) welcomed joint proposals to develop the Michelin site in Dundee, which will ensure the site retains a significant manufacturing base. Unite has been a key stakeholder in the Action Group proposals which are focused on future and recycling technologies such as hydrogen battery production. There are also further proposals to develop a training excellence centre and an eco-park at the site.

Unite also welcomed the commitment by the Michelin Group to work with all key stakeholders to transform the site. Earlier this month, the Michelin Group announced its intention to cease tyre manufacturing in Dundee over the next two years blaming deteriorating market conditions in Europe, primarily due to an influx of cheap tyres from Asia and lower demand for premium tyres of smaller dimensions.

Unite regional industrial officer, Bob MacGregor, said: “The outcome from the Action Group proposals is a really positive development and should result in significant work being created on the site, and in Dundee. This is good news. There are some exciting proposals which will ensure the site retains a manufacturing base and well-paid jobs will be created based on future technologies. However, the reality is that jobs will be lost as a result of the Michelin Group ceasing to manufacture tyres on site. Unite will do all we can to ensure that as many workers as possible presently on site are given the opportunity to retain employment through a number of measures including retraining.”

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For more information contact 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.