Britain’s largest union, Unite called for guarantees over future investment into Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant today (Monday 16 October) following the carmaker’s announcement that it was planning to make 400 people redundant.
With faltering consumer confidence and growing economic uncertainty, Unite said it was seeking high level meetings with the UK government and Vauxhall’s parent company PSA to discuss future investment and ensure that there were no compulsory redundancies.
Coming days after last week’s job losses at BAE Systems, Unite described the Vauxhall announcement as another ‘huge loss’ to the north west economy which would be felt throughout the supply chain.
Commenting Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “This news is extremely difficult to take. To lose 400 skilled jobs at Vauxhall, albeit on a voluntary basis, is a major blow to the automotive industry and its supply chain. It is also another huge loss for the north west economy.
“Quite clearly, economic concerns are having a serious impact on consumer confidence. When people feel insecure about the future they do not invest in expenditure like a new car.
“Our priority now is to support our members and protect this plant. We are calling for meetings with the highest levels of the parent company PSA to ensure that there are no compulsory redundancies and that our plant continues to attract much needed investment. That includes removing the uncertainty about a new model and clarity on Ellesmere Port’s future.
“But we also appeal to the government for its assistance. This industry urgently needs economic and trading certainty so that it can build for a strong future in the UK. We ask that ministers give PSA and other manufacturers a clear signal that government will do all it needs to do to support this crucial sector through the Brexit process.”
For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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Notes to editors
• Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.