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Vauxhall stewards gather to defend UK car jobs

Unite Vauxhall stewards gather to defend UK car jobs

27 February 2017

McCluskey repeats: I will not allow UK jobs to be put at risk

The leader of the UK’s biggest union, Len McCluskey, will address representatives from the three Vauxhall plants today (Monday) on Unite’s fight to defend thousands of UK car industry jobs.

Len McCluskey is bringing together over 100 shop stewards from the Ellesmere Port, Luton and Toddington sites to appraise them of developments since General Motors announced its intention to dispose of its entire European operation, including its UK plants, in a sale to the PSA Group, makers of Peugeot.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, taking place at the Ellesmere Port plant, Len McCluskey said: “These have been very anxious days for Unite members since General Motors announced its desire to offload its European operations to the makers of Peugeot.

“That is why I am bringing together over 100 shop steward from across the three UK Vauxhall sites.  It will be their opportunity to express the views from the factory floor and for me to feed back to them on developments to date.

“This union has been working day and night to defend our plants. I personally have met with the highest levels of both General Motors and Peugeot, and the UK government, to make it abundantly clear that UK jobs, plants and communities will not be sacrificed for any sale.

“With General Motors’ share of the UK market at a high of 14 percent, and our plants recognised as the most productive in General Motors’ European stable, the business case for Vauxhall is clear for all to see.

“I repeat, I will not allow Unite members’ jobs - whether at the Vauxhall sites or across the supply chain – to be put at risk.”  

ENDS

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. 

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