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newsHeraldLive reports that 170 jobs are on the line at Continental Tyre SA, which is shutting down its underground mining tyres and agricultural tyres production unit in Port Elizabeth and moving production out of SA.  

Continental issued employees in both the affected manufacturing unit and its sales organisation with a Section 189A (i.e. retrenchment) notice on 7 June, in what trade union Solidarity described on Tuesday as a crippling blow.  During the consultation period and any future rampdown, key staff will be retained to complete customer obligations.  The company’s passenger light truck (PLT) tyre production would continue its operations.  The company employs about 1,300 people in SA.  Solidarity’s Marius Croucamp commented as follows:  “This development could be devastating for up to 170 families.  We believe the retrenchments will be across the board and therefore affect everyone from wage earners to monthly salaried employees.  What is also very concerning is that the country will be losing an important manufacturing capability.”  He said the union would do everything in its power to ensure that its affected members received the proposed severance benefits and necessary support.  Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said the majority of the affected workers were Numsa members and that the union would be monitoring the process very closely.

  • Read the full original of Shaun Gillham’s report on this story at HeraldLive
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement at Polity


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