Vauxhall to cut 250 jobs

Vauxhall will cut another 250 jobs at its Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire after announcing that production of the Astra will move to a single manufacturing shift in April.

This follows the 400 redundancies announced in October, following the brand’s sale by General Motors to PSA Group.

Vauxhall said the move was in response to falling sales.

It said, ‘At a meeting held on Thursday, 4 January 2018 between representatives from Vauxhall Motors and Unite the Union, the company explained that although the initial voluntary separation programme at its Ellesmere Port plant announced in October (aligned to adjustment of production volumes in order to protect its future) has been successful, it needs to initiate a further voluntary programme for eligible employees of a further 250 heads in the period from April to the end of September 2018.

‘The teams are conscious of the need to accelerate the recovery of plant productivity in order to meet the challenges ahead and as an important element of this recovery, this additional separation programme will support the planned move to a single production shift at Ellesmere Port during April 2018.’

The statement continued, ‘The company remains confident in the ability of the Ellesmere Port workforce to deliver the necessary improvements in financial performance.’