AKRON (Nov. 29) — Goodyear said today an independent auditor found the tire maker to be in full compliance with its quality standards as the striking United Steelworkers has started a campaign charging Goodyear´s use of replacement workers has hurt tire safety.
Goodyear said NSF Industrial Strategic Registrations conducted full audits at three facilities affected by the strike — Buffalo, N.Y.; Danville, Va.;, and Fayetteville, N.C. — between Oct. 9 and Nov. 8. The union called the strike at 16 North American plants on Oct. 5.
The tire maker said the audits found the company´s systems to be in 100-percent compliance to international quality systems standards.
"As we have always said, Goodyear will never compromise quality," said Joe Gingo, Goodyear´s chief quality officer. "We fully expected to meet the international quality standard as usual, and we are pleased with — though not surprised by — the result."
Goodyear said the audit had been scheduled before the strike, and it will conduct continuous auditing every six months, regardless of the strike´s status.
The latest formal talks between the company and union broke off Nov. 17 after only three days.