Around 80 jobs at risk at Pirelli plant

Up to 80 jobs are at risk at tyre giant Pirelli after it announced plans to reorganise part of its operations in Staffordshire.

The company, which employs around 380 people at its site on Derby Road in Burton, said the move was a reaction to ‘challenging economic outlook, compounded by the covid-19 emergency.’

A statement from Pirelli said: “Pirelli reaffirms its commitment to the United Kingdom and to maintaining industrial operations at both its UK locations, Carlisle and Burton-on-Trent, having invested 70 million euro from 2018 to 2020 and proceeding with planned investments of around 20 million euro in 2021.

“Considering the challenging economic outlook, compounded by the Covid-19 emergency, Pirelli will reorganise one department at Burton-on-Trent. Last year the critical economic and healthcare situation led to a decline of 29.4% of new car registrations in the UK (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) and a fall in car usage, which at the end of January was down -48.3% compared with a year earlier (Department of Transport).

“The company will now initiate a period of consultation with the unions to ensure that all necessary support is provided to affected workers.

“For Pirelli, the UK operation remains a valuable part of the group’s global industrial footprint and central to the service of local customers.”