Further job losses at Vauxhall
Vauxhall is to cut a further 250 jobs at its Ellesmere Port car plant - on top of the 400 jobs it announced back in October would be shed.
The company is now owned by the French conglomerate PSA Group which makes Peugeot and Citroen vehicles.
The Ellesmere Port plant, which makes the Astra model, will switch down from two production shifts to just one.
Britain’s largest union, Unite, called on PSA Group to provide guarantees on investment for new models at the plant.
Describing the additional job losses as “a blow to a world class workforce, which would be felt throughout the supply chain,” the union’s bosses vowed to leave no stone unturned in securing a long term future for the Ellesmere Port factory.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “This is an additional blow to a world class workforce that is one of the most efficient in the industry. PSA must provide investment guarantees on new models for Ellesmere Port as a matter of urgency.
“The government must play its part too and provide guarantees on frictionless trade after Brexit. Its current red lines on the customs union and single market will do little to instil business confidence and unlock the investment needed.
“We ask that ministers give PSA and other manufacturers a clear signal that government will do all it needs to support this crucial sector through the Brexit process.
“Unite’s priority is to support our members and protect this plant. We will not tolerate compulsory redundancies and Unite will leave no stone unturned in securing the long term future of Ellesmere Port and the highly skilled workforce."
He added: "It is one of the jewels in our manufacturing crown and will not be allowed to wither on the vine.”
For its part, the company has said it is committed to continuing to make the Astra in Ellesmere Port. The firm has said previously that manufacturing costs at Ellesmere are higher than at its other plants.
Vauxhall employs about 4,500 people in the UK, with around 1,800 working at its Ellesmere Port site.