Wolverhampton City Council, MPs and trade unions are continuing their fight to persuade Goodyear not to close its Stafford Road plant – while also working closely with the company to secure the future of those workers threatened with redundancy.
Council representatives have met with Goodyear senior management to help smooth the way forward for employees who may lose their jobs at the iconic city employer.
The council is putting together proposals to establish a Goodyear Taskforce aimed at supporting staff affected by the potential closure of the 88-year-old site, following discussions with MP Emma Reynolds, Job Centre Plus, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and Local Enterprise Partnership.
With the legal consultation process currently underway Goodyear’s senior management have indicated they are willing to join a potential taskforce to co-ordinate a single package of support for affected employees in the event the plant closure goes ahead.
Councillor Roger Lawrence, Leader of the Council, said: “Our recent meeting with Goodyear was extremely useful and it is vital we keep the lines of communication open with them.
“We still hope they will reverse their decision but, if the worst happens, knowing the company are willing to be part of a potential taskforce will be beneficial in ensuring we provide the best practical support to those facing redundancy and will help in finding them new opportunities in the city.”
The council will meet with Goodyear again next month to discuss progress; and key partners are set to reconvene in September to consider the taskforce proposals.