A FURIOUS union leader has condemned last week's decision to axe 900 jobs at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant.
Transport and General Work-ers Union general secretary Tony Woodley, of Little Sutton, said the Government should have done more to protect the workers.
He believes the UK's lenient labour laws make it far easier for bosses to sack British work-ers rather than those based at plants across Europe.
Mr Woodley said: 'There is no justification for the 900 job losses here in Ellesmere Port.
'Manufacturing is being massacred. If manufacturing matters to this country then the government has got to have a plan to support it.
'The labour laws do not protect our workers. It's quicker, easier and cheaper to sack.
'You don't see the same losses in Germany, Italy or France because they protect their manufacturing. We have no plan to support our companies.'
Despite his anger over the job cuts, Mr Woodley remains confident Vauxhall will secure the production of the new Astra, describing the plant as 'productive, efficient and profitable.'
He said: 'It's important now that we work with the Government and General Motors to make sure the Astra model comes to the plant.
'If there is a genuine threat to this plant then it is important General Motors understand it is a threat to them. But there is no reason why this should be terminal for the plant.
'It is important we get the new Astra but we should not be going into a bidding war. This is a productive, efficient and profitable car plant. This should be our model to lose not to be won.'
General secretary of Amicus, Derek Simpson, said the union would call for a boycott of Vaux-hall if General Motors closed the plant.
Prior to last week's announcement they warned Vauxhall Motors that if it made significant redundancies or closed the site the union would end its £8 million contract with the company.
Amicus said they would source its car fleet from a Japanese manufacturer which employs Amicus members in the UK.
The union said it would also encourage its one million members and their families not to buy cars from GM and to support a car manufacturer that supports UK jobs.
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MEP demands Government support for workers
ELLESMERE Port Euro MP Sajjad Karim has called on the UK Government to do more to support the car manufacturing industry in the North West.
The Lib Dem spokesman on International Trade in the European Parliament, he spoke out following the 900 job losses in the town.
Vauxhall's decision comes after French car giant Peugeot Citroen announced it was closing its plant near Coventry with the loss of 2,300 jobs, and sports car manufacturer TVR is to shut its Blackpool site.
Mr Karim said: 'Unless the Gov ernment puts in place a clear strategy to support those losing their jobs in the first instance, while providing the right environment to encourage manufacturers to invest in their workforce and their plants as the catalyst for UK plc to become more attractive for innovation, efficiency, research and development, in a rapidly changing global environment, UK manufacturing will continue its sorry slide into oblivion.
'Thousands rely on car manufacturing industry for a livelihood, and have every right to expect this Government to invest in their future.'