Vauxhall job losses following its acquisition by Magna could be decided as early as the end of this week, but government officials insist they are still negotiating to keep the cuts down.
Magna's initial proposal is to cut almost 1400 jobs in the UK, but negotiations about exact numbers and a timescale for cuts is currently being discussed by Magna, Vauxhall/Opel officials and the respective governments in the areas involved.
Magna has previously identified 1373 job cuts in the UK as part of its long-term plans, but this could change depending on this week's negotiations.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) issued a statement today dismissing reports that the number of job cuts had already been decided.
“Speculation on job losses across General Motors Europe is unhelpful at such early stages of the negotiations," said a spokesman. "Every aspect of these negotiations is under very active discussion and the government is working to secure the best possible outcome for Vauxhall in the UK.