Unite wants to talk to Magna over the potential 1400 job losses in Britain
23 September 2009

Vauxhall unions have called for talks with the firm’s new owner Magna over the 1400 jobs which could be lost as part of cost cutting.

There are more than 4000 Vauxhall workers in the UK at its Ellesmere Port and Luton plants and Magna could decide by the end of the week how many jobs will go.

Tony Woodley, head of the Unite union which represents Vauxhall workers, said: “For Britain, there is likely be 1000 or more job losses almost immediately in both of our plants.

“Worse than that, without the investment and with capacity being stolen from the plants to go elsewhere, there will be no long-term future for either of the British plants.”

General Motors agreed to sell Opel/Vauxhall to Magna earlier this month and it plans to cut 10,500 employees from its 50,000-strong workforce. Half of these are expected to come from Germany.

The German government has been key to providing funding for Magna in the takeover and countries which have Opel plants have called on the European Commission to ensure Magna doesn’t favour Germany when it comes to cutting jobs.

“The political stitch-up with the German government means that in the longer term all the other countries are going to lose out,” said Woodley.

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23 September 2009

[quote Autocar]There are more than 5000 Vauxhall workers in the UK at its Ellesmere Port and Luton plants [/quote]

no wonder Opel/Magna want to cut Vauxhall jobs pronto - according to Opel's official figures there are no more than 4,450 employed at the moment between the two plants. What are the minimum 550 extra bods doing currently, according to the Unite Union's figures? Someone prod Woodley.

[quote Autocar]“The political stitch-up with the German government means that in the longer term all the other countries are going to lose out,” said Woodley.[/quote]

Woodley, retire. You're 63? and out of touch. Less mouthwork, more homework. The 'other countries' include Austria, where Magna is already reported to be considering adding 300 to the Opel plant's workforce there. Poland plant, effectively no cuts, Hungary ditto, Italy ditto.

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