GM decided not to close Vauxhall Ellesmere Port factory, saving 2,100 jobs.
Rumors said that the 50-year-old plant was to be closed by Vauxhall’s American parent company. But recently workers voted the new labor agreement which will secure 2,100 jobs at the plant. The new measures to be adopted include weekend working, more staff and round-the-clock manufacturing. GM plans to add extra 700 jobs at the plant and 3,000 in the supply chain, and production of the new Astra will be made in three shifts.
Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, said: “Huge efforts have been made to try to secure the future of the Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port and the Government has played an important role in making the progress we have so far.”
This is not the only good news the UK auto industry received lately. Nissan also announced the production of two new models for its Sunderland plant, Jaguar Land Rover will hire 1,000 more people at Halewood and Honda aims at doubling production at its plant in Swindon.
The new workforce agreement will be applied from 2013 until 2020, throughout the life of the next generation Astra.