Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cllr Samantha Dixon, has issued a statement in response to the announcement by Vauxhall that over 200 jobs may be lost as a result of restructuring at the firm’s Ellesmere Port site.
Cllr Dixon said: “We are saddened by news of the 241 proposed redundancies at Vauxhall’s site in Ellesmere Port and are working with PSA Group to fully understand the impact this will have on the highly skilled and motivated workforce.”
Cllr Dixon added: “This will be an uncertain time for staff, many of whom live within our borough, and we are monitoring the situation carefully.
“We hope it can be managed through voluntary redundancies and will do everything we can to support those looking for new employment, including work-based skills and career guidance, and linking with local companies currently recruiting.”
Cllr Dixon continued: “We will continue to work closely with Vauxhall, the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, government departments, the local development board, neighbouring councils and other partners to secure the long term future of the plant in Ellesmere Port.”
Vauxhall Motors announced on Friday (23rd November) that it had entered into a 45-day consultation period with trade union and employee representatives to propose a restructuring of its Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant.
The company announced plans for restructuring to align headcount with its 2019 production forecasts.
The plan involves site compression, implementation of new technologies and other activities which will mean a reduction in staffing by 241 people during 2019.
A Vauxhall spokesperson said: “This restructuring is critical to ensure that the Ellesmere Port plant develops its competitiveness during this difficult time within the industry.
“The restructuring is necessary to make it a competitive plant when compared to the benchmark.”
Vauxhall confirmed that it remains committed to achieving the restructuring without having to resort to compulsory redundancies.
Additionally, it outlined the possibility for employees to transfer their employment to its manufacturing plant in Luton.
In such cases the company would provide relocation support.
Vauxhall will now enter into consultations for a minimum of 45 days with trade union and employee representatives, with a view to reaching agreement about avoiding redundancy, reducing the numbers of redundancies and mitigating the consequences of any such dismissals.
The company cut 250 jobs at Ellesmere Port in January, on top of 400 jobs it announced it was shedding in October 2017.
Vauxhall is owned by the French conglomerate PSA Group which also makes Peugeot and Citroen vehicles.
The Ellesmere Port plant makes the company’s Astra model.