Consultation period has begun to propose restructuring of Cheshire factory to "align headcount and production costs"
23 November 2018

Vauxhall is set to cut 241 jobs from its Ellesmere Port manufacturing facility as part of a plant restructuring – but says it is committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies.

The firm has entered into a 45-day consultation period with trade union and employee representatives, presenting a proposal to "align headcount and production costs with the 2019 production forecast and plans". The reduction in headcount at the plant, which currently employs around 900 people, will be 'phased' throughout the year.

A statement from Vauxhall claims that the restructuring is "critical to ensure that the Ellesmere Port plant develops its competitiveness during this difficult time within the industry". The firm is "committed" to avoiding compulsory redundancies, with the possibility of some employees transferring to the firm's Luton plant. 

Vauxhall cut 400 jobs at Ellesmere Port last year and another 250 earlier this year, citing market changes rather than Brexit uncertainty as the reason output had fallen 20% in 12 months. This year has been the first full year under PSA Group ownership, with CEO Carlos Tavares claiming that the plant must close the cost and quality gap between itself and its European equivalents to survive.

There have been reports in local media that production line workers staged a walkout when the job losses were first communicated to staff at the plant.

Unite union regional co-ordinating officer Mick Chalmers said: "PSA should be clear. Unite will not tolerate the death by a thousand cuts of Ellesmere Port and will leave no stone unturned in securing the future of the plant and its skilled workforce."

The facility, which currently builds the Astra, produced around 110,000 cars in 2017 – 30,000 short of its 2016 figure. 

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23 November 2018
Should be voluntary redundancy. Ask who voted Brexit, those that say they did .... get them to decide who is going to volunteer from their number. It's what you voted for folks.

23 November 2018
Cheltenhamshire wrote:

Should be voluntary redundancy. Ask who voted Brexit, those that say they did .... get them to decide who is going to volunteer from their number. It's what you voted for folks.

 

That sounds fair enough. 

23 November 2018
Cheltenhamshire wrote:

Should be voluntary redundancy. Ask who voted Brexit, those that say they did .... get them to decide who is going to volunteer from their number. It's what you voted for folks.

 

That sounds about right.   They voted to lose Britain work and jobs, so let them lose theirs.

 

Brexit is causing the second demise of the British car industry.   Just as we were recovering.

 

23 November 2018
Symanski wrote:

Cheltenhamshire wrote:

Should be voluntary redundancy. Ask who voted Brexit, those that say they did .... get them to decide who is going to volunteer from their number. It's what you voted for folks.

 

That sounds about right.   They voted to lose Britain work and jobs, so let them lose theirs.

 

Brexit is causing the second demise of the British car industry.   Just as we were recovering.

 

If you believe those jobs went because of Brexit you're an idiot.

You might want to consider how Brexit caused Holden to shut down.

24 November 2018
jason_recliner wrote:

Symanski wrote:

Cheltenhamshire wrote:

Should be voluntary redundancy. Ask who voted Brexit, those that say they did .... get them to decide who is going to volunteer from their number. It's what you voted for folks.

 

That sounds about right.   They voted to lose Britain work and jobs, so let them lose theirs.

 

Brexit is causing the second demise of the British car industry.   Just as we were recovering.

 

If you believe those jobs went because of Brexit you're an idiot.

You might want to consider how Brexit caused Holden to shut down.

 

HOLDEN has not closed down, try checking your facts, the closed the production facility, but Holden is still a brand and selling tens of thousands of cars a year. - WHY CANT PEOPLE CHECK THEIR FACTS BEFORE POSTING

 

26 November 2018
jonboy4969 wrote:

jason_recliner wrote:

Symanski wrote:

Cheltenhamshire wrote:

Should be voluntary redundancy. Ask who voted Brexit, those that say they did .... get them to decide who is going to volunteer from their number. It's what you voted for folks.

 

That sounds about right.   They voted to lose Britain work and jobs, so let them lose theirs.

 

Brexit is causing the second demise of the British car industry.   Just as we were recovering.

 

If you believe those jobs went because of Brexit you're an idiot.

You might want to consider how Brexit caused Holden to shut down.

 

HOLDEN has not closed down, try checking your facts, the closed the production facility, but Holden is still a brand and selling tens of thousands of cars a year. - WHY CANT PEOPLE CHECK THEIR FACTS BEFORE POSTING

 

I grew up in Adelaide - I know what happened to Holden.  But since the sad internet pedant is a sorry trend that looks like it's here to stay...

"You might want to consider how Brexit caused the two Holden factories to shut down, and Holden to fall from being no. 1 in Australian sales to an also-ran"

How's that for you?  Better?  Got your panties untwisted?

23 November 2018
Cheltenhamshire wrote:

Should be voluntary redundancy. Ask who voted Brexit, those that say they did .... get them to decide who is going to volunteer from their number. It's what you voted for folks.

You have written a load of rubbish. PSA has already stated that the redundancies have got nothing to do with the UK leaving the EU.

23 November 2018

 Britain has voted to get its sovereignity back from the mad, unelected and uneducated rejects of EU politicians.

Those car jobs would have been gone anyway, with or without Brexit.

23 November 2018
NoPasaran wrote:

 Britain has voted to get its sovereignity back

You keep telling yourself that...

23 November 2018
NoPasaran wrote:

 Britain has voted to get its sovereignity back from the mad, unelected and uneducated rejects of EU politicians.

 

Not only did we never lose "sovereignty" but didn't you have a vote in the European elections?

 

Don't you have an MEP?

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