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Goodyear to axe 500 UK jobs

The tyre giant Goodyear is to make more than 500 employees redundant at its Wolverhampton plant after workers rejected a pay and conditions offer.

In a statement, Goodyear said: "The decision by the workforce means that it will be extremely difficult to build a future for the plant."

Trade unions, who had recommended the deal to members, spent 11 months in negotiations with Goodyear management. The agreement, rejected in a ballot by four votes to one, would have limited job losses to 300 in exchange for workers accepting a cut in pay and additional work.

Roger Shutt, regional industrial organiser of the Transport and General Workers Union, described the vote as a choice between "the plague or cholera".

He added: "We are not going to lie down and die - we will still battle for the jobs of our members."

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