1. Pirelli 'to cut 80 jobs' at Burton upon Trent site

    Tyre giant Pirelli is proposing to cut 80 jobs at its site in Burton upon Trent, union Unite says.

    A downturn in the market during the pandemic means the firm's department which makes bespoke tyres is facing closure.

    The union criticised the company for not using the government's Job Retention Scheme and furloughing workers, rather than "pushing ahead" with redundancies.

    Pirelli tyre

    "Unite is bitterly disappointed that the Pirelli bosses have started to consult on redundancies in Burton upon Trent, rather than furlough the workers concerned for the maximum time possible," regional officer Rick Coyle said.

    “This is another hammer blow adding to the jobs misery in the town. Well-paid, skilled jobs are extremely hard to find."

    Pirelli told BBC News that a decline in new car registrations in the UK and a fall in car usage had led to the firm needing to "reorganise one department".

    The company was now consulting with Unite, the spokesman added.

  2. Citizens Advice sees big rise in queries in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There has been a big rise in the number of people in Cornwall seeking help from the Citizens Advice charity.

    More than 9,500 had sought help so far this year, staff said - up by 1,000 compared with 2019.

    Earlier this week, the charity's Plymouth branch revealed staff were dealing with calls asking about job redundancies every two minutes.

  3. Citizens Advice 'has redundancy query every two minutes'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Plymouth's Citizens Advice is dealing with one person every two minutes seeking advice about redundancy, staff have said.

    The report comes on the day new figures showed that British employers were planning to make 58,000 people redundant in August.

    Tom Godwin, from the city branch of the charity, said that "we expect that to rise".

    Quote Message: We appreciate are employers are facing difficult period. But we are seeing parents, carers, disabled people and those shielding being more likely to face redundancy as well; and that's a real concern and worry to us. So it's really important that people know they are not alone with it, that they can come and talk to us about it, but also understand what benefits they can get hold of afterwards." from Tom Godwin Citizens Advice, Plymouth
    Tom GodwinCitizens Advice, Plymouth