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Melksham Town Council was saddened today to learn that Cooper Tires have commenced a consultation with their staff that could lead to up to 300 job losses in the light vehicle production workforce at the Melksham site.

The Town Council recognises that Cooper Tires are at the beginning of this process and at this stage no individual staff have been made redundant, but it is important to recognise in all discussions and speculation that individual’s livelihoods are at risk and we hope that the wider community will be mindful and considerate of those who may be affected.

Melksham Town Council has offered to provide whatever support it is able, to help those impacted by today’s announcement. The Town Council will work alongside Wiltshire Council, DWP, Wiltshire College, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and any other relevant bodies to do all possible to support any staff and their families affected.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jon Hubbard commented:

“We are desperately sad to learn of these potential job losses but are relieved that some of the worst-case scenarios that have been floated in the last few days have not come to pass. Cooper Tires have assured us that they are committed to remaining in Melksham for the foreseeable future and we look forward to continuing to have a productive working relationship with them.”

Further details can be found on the Cooper Tires website at http://coopertire.com/News/Corporate-News-Releases/Cooper-Tire-Europe-to-enter-consultation-period-to.aspx

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