Job losses at Vauxhall’s two UK plants will total 354, according to proposals outlined by owner General Motors (GM). Under the plans, all these jobs would go at the carmaker’s Luton plant, and there would be no job losses at its Ellesmere Port plant.
On Wednesday, GM said it would cut 9,000 jobs across Europe as part of its restructuring plans, with the majority going from Opel’s German workforce. The carmaker stressed that no final decision had been taken on job cuts. However, it said it planned to cut 5,425 jobs in Germany, 2,321 from its Antwerp plant in Belgium and 900 from its Zaragoza plant in Spain. There had been fears that far more jobs could be lost in the UK.
GM has said it expects to consult with plants across Europe before making a final decision on where exactly jobs will go next month. Earlier this month, GM cancelled the sale of its European arm to car parts maker Magna.
After months of negotiation, GM pulled out of the deal to sell Opel and Vauxhall citing “an improving business environment”.
Source: BBC News
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