Protest highlights the plight of Vauxhall's two UK plants
15 July 2009

A convoy of Vauxhall cars and vans has arrived at Parliament as part of a protest aimed at highlighting the plight of the for sale car maker.

Vehicles from the 1960s, '70s, '80s, '90s and modern day were driven through London. The vehicles were all made at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port and Luton plants and were driven by workers from the plants.

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The drive-by was organised by Unite, the union which is pressing for any sale of GM Europe and its UK subsidiary Vauxhall to safeguard the future for both plants.

Between Vauxhall's two UK plants 5000 people are employed, with an estimated 20,000 more involved in the wider components and supply chain.

Len McCluskey, Unite assistant general secretary, said: "These workers are coming to Parliament because they want MPs to show support for their fight not just for their future, but for the entire UK car industry.

"Vauxhall is at the heart of our car manufacturing in this country. An industry, entire workplaces and whole communities need it to thrive.

"It is vital that any deal done over the future of GM in Europe is the right deal for a secure and lasting industry in this country, which is why we are pressing for our government to carry on doing what it says it is doing and keep working towards a deal which protects our plants and jobs."

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