Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite, said it would be demanding urgent assurances over the future of Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant, after the car maker today (Friday 23 November) announced a further 241 job losses by the end of 2019.

Warning Vauxhall’s parent company PSA against ‘death by a thousand cuts’, Unite called on the French carmaker to provide certainty for the workforce by committing new models to Ellesmere Port. The latest round of planned job cuts is the fourth at the plant in recent years, resulting in a reduction of the workforce of almost 60 per cent to 900.

Unite regional coordinating officer Mick Chalmers said: “Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port workers have made huge sacrifices and worked hard to ensure the carmaker recently returned to profit for the first time in two decades.

“Further job losses will come as a sickening blow for them and their families in the run up to Christmas and will further heighten the anger over the uncertainty surrounding the future of the plant.

“Unite will be offering our members maximum support and pressing for guarantees of no compulsory redundancies. Unite will also be seeking urgent assurances and continue to press for PSA to remove the uncertainty surrounding the plant by committing new models to Ellesmere Port beyond 2021.

“PSA should be clear. Unite will not tolerate the death by a thousand cuts of Ellesmere Port and will leave no stone unturned in securing the future of the plant and its skilled workforce.”

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For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 
Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.