Vauxhall van workers have overwhelmingly backed a pay deal that secures investment in the Luton van plant and guarantees jobs for over a decade, Britain’s largest union, Unite announced today (Friday 20 April).

Just over 68 per cent of Unite members voted to accept a pay deal which will see workers receive a £750 lump sum and an additional 1.5 per cent pay rise in January 2019. As part of the pay deal van workers will also see a 30 per cent reduction in banked hours, meaning it will take workers two-thirds of the time it currently does to pay back hours that are banked during plant shutdowns.

Acceptance of the deal now paves the way for PSA to fulfil its promised investment in new van production at the Luton plant and secures jobs up to 2028 on a site where vehicles have been built since 1905.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Our Vauxhall members have voted in considerable numbers to accept the pay deal, which is great news and means we can now focus on bringing the new vehicle and up to 450 jobs to Luton.

“I want to place on record my thanks to our convenors and members for all the work they have done to make this progress possible. 

“I urge PSA to note once again the positive spirit and commitment of our members at Vauxhall, and to move forward with investment now in Ellesmere Port.”


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.  

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.