• French unions protest tire factory closure amid virus crisis

    8 days ago - By Chron

    PARIS - Workers protested Thursday at a Bridgestone tire factory in northern France over the company's decision to close the plant and lay off its nearly 900 workers, accusing management of using the virus-driven economic crisis as a pretext to ruin livelihoods.
    Japan-based Bridgestone argues the factory in the town of Bethune was already struggling before the pandemic and is the company's “least-performing” facility in Europe. Both unions and the French government denounced the closure, saying the company should have invested in modernizing the plant instead.
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