Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, is seeking an urgent meeting with the company’s bosses and watertight guarantees on the long-term future of manufacturing in the UK, following confirmation that PSA, the owner of Vauxhall will merge with Fiat Chrysler.

Guarantees

Unite national officer Des Quinn said: “Unite is seeking guarantees at the highest level as to the long-term future of all PSA's UK sites and its highly skilled world class workforce.

 “It is essential that such a meeting happens as soon as possible in order to alleviate the natural and legitimate concerns of the workforce at this time of change and uncertainty.

 “Unite will also be seeking guarantees about new investment to ensure that the company’s UK factories are able to continue to build high quality cars and vans to meet the challenges of the transition to electric vehicles.

 “The confirmation of the merger means that the new company will have an even greater share of the UK marketplace with both the Vauxhall and Fiat brands both being well known names on the UK’s roads. This further strengthens the industrial logic of maintaining a manufacturing presence in the UK.”

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Notes to editors:

Unite responds to PSA merger talks with Fiat Chrysler

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

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