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More Jobs to Go at Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port

Published: 8th January 2018 16:05

A further blow to the workforce at Vauxhall Ellesmere Port came today, with the announcement of a further 250 jobs to be lost, on top of the 400 announced last Autumn.

Vauxhall Ellesmere PortThe Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port

French owners PSA group cited the need to "accelerate the recovery of plant productivity" as the main reason.Staff at the plant will now be moved from two shifts to one.

The company told the Unite union last Thursday that more voluntary redundancies were now needed. A statutory 45 day consultation with the workforce will be carried out and the company said it was committed to minimising the impact of the proposed reductions.

Speaking after the announcement, Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, said: "This is more devastating news for workers in this area and my thoughts are first and foremost with the families of those who will be losing their jobs.

"When previous job losses were announced in October, it was made clear that manufacturing costs were higher at Ellesmere Port than some other plants. That is why I called on the government to urgently intervene and work with the management to reduce costs and improve productivity, for example by creating incentives to encourage suppliers to relocate to Ellesmere Port.

"Sadly, and unlike on previous occasions when the facility has faced difficulties, Ministers have provided warm words but no concrete action, while governments in other countries are pulling out all the stops to improve competitiveness. I have been working closely with the Council and Local Enterprise Partnership to improve the situation but in order to deliver this, we need a financial commitment from the government, and we need it now.

"As I pointed out earlier today, while we have seen new funding announced for the infrastructure to support electronic vehicles, we have seen nothing to support the production of the next generation of vehicles in this country. We have a proud manufacturing heritage in this country, but we risk being left behind if we don't act now. The government must surely realise that the PSA Group are serious when they say they will judge each plant on its competitiveness and we desperately need an interventionist government supportive of manufacturing if we are to protect the remaining highly valued, skilled jobs at the plant."

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