Union chiefs have called for no compulsory redundancies at Dundee’s troubled Michelin plant.
It was announced earlier this week that jobs at the factory could be at risk, as demand for smaller, premium tyres has slumped in the face of cheaper imports from Asia.
Marc Jackson, the factory’s Unite representative, said that no numbers had yet been put on possible job losses.
He added: “There has been a lot of speculation but the fact is that no numbers have yet been discussed with management over job losses.
“However, our message to management is that we will not be accepting any compulsory redundancies at the factory.
“We have yet to sit down and discuss the future with the company but compulsory redundancies are not an option.
“If job losses prove to be necessary we will be looking for them through early retirement and voluntary redundancy.”
Mr Jackson said the union would be meeting management every day next week to discuss the options.
He added: “We are fighting to protect members’ jobs.
“Protecting their terms and conditions is also of paramount importance.
“We will be meeting management on several occasions next week and we will be reporting the latest updates back to our members as they happen.
“At this stage we remain confident that we can work something out.
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“I know there has been talk about possibly up to 700 jobs being at risk but at this stage that is simply not the case.
“No figures have been discussed and we can reassure our members they will be the first to know of any updates.”
Michelin first revealed to workers on Sunday that it was facing a difficult situation.
The company released a statement which said: “Production for the next three years is forecast to be a maximum of 5.4 million tyres a year, which is significantly below capacity.
“We are working with employees, unions and the Michelin Group to meet these market challenges.
“We will explore all options to maximise the efficiency of the plant and those options could include restructuring working patterns and reducing headcount.”