Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has pledged to ensure that workers at the Michelin tyre factory in Stoke on Trent, affected by the announcement today (Friday 10 January) of the introduction of short-time working arrangements, will have losses of pay minimised.

Fewer shifts

The company’s announcement means that for three months from February to April this year some of the workforce will be required to work fewer shifts.

For workers on Michelin’s VHC contracts (a guaranteed part time contract where workers usually work full time) it is estimated that the short time working will mean workers could receive £400 less a month.

Disappointing announcement

Unite’s convenor at the Michelin factory Robert Taylor said: “The announcement is clearly disappointing and has come as a surprise.

 “Unite has been assured that this is a temporary situation and it will not affect the long-term future of the site and there will be no job losses.

Bad news for workers

Unite national officer Tony Devlin said: “This is clearly bad news for workers who are by no means wealthy.

 “Unite will be working with Michelin to minimise the effects of the short time working in order to lessen the financial blow for the affected workers.

 “The announcement underlines the challenging trading environment faced throughout the UK tyre industry and demonstrates why it is vital that the government develops a coherent industrial strategy to protect jobs and skills in this important industry.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 07802 329235 or 0203 371 2067.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.