The closure of the Bridgestone plant in Béthune (Pas-de-Calais) was ratified on Thursday, November 12. A real blow for the inter-union, as explained by their lawyer Stéphane Ducrocq.
Closed since last September, the Bridgestone factory in Béthune (Pas-de-Calais) will not reopen, as announced by Agnès Pannier-Runacher on Thursday, November 12. On the other hand, potential buyers have already been approached. “These alternative projects will not see the light of day for several months, if not several years,” nevertheless tempers Stéphane Ducrocq, lawyer of the intersyndicale of Bridgestone. “So these are not short-term employment solutions for employees”, he specifies.
“It is up to the employer to assume his responsibilities”
The lawyer insisted on highlighting the position of the State and local authorities throughout the discussions with the Japanese firm. But they were in vain. “All that was missing was Bridgestone’s will to continue this adventure, he regrets. The employees had a remarkable attitude. Now it’s up to the employer to assume its responsibilities by issuing a big check to each of them. ” 863 people worked on this Pas-de-Calais site.