GENERAL Motors (GM) plans to cut 10,000 jobs as part of a restructuring of its European operations, which includes Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant.
But the carmaker is yet to confirm where the cuts will take place or if there will be any factory closures, although the plans are believed to be similar to those proposed by Canadian car parts firm Magna.
GM’s decision not to sell was welcomed by union chiefs in the UK, but the news has been greeted with anger by Opel workers in Germany.
Thousands are attending a mass rally outside the country’s GM headquarters to protest. Under Magna’s proposal it was promised there would be no factory closures in Germany.
Unite joint general secretary, Tony Woodley, who lives in Little Sutton, said: “Our expectation is that General Motors will be sticking to its original plan for its EU sites, including the UK, and that this has not altered.
“We expect that all the governments of Europe, including our own, will now be asked to contribute to maintaining the business.
“This is a massively significant development and a far better deal for Britain. We expect our government to do all it can to support it.”
Ellesmere Port MP Andrew Miller is ‘optimistic’ that GM’s U-turn could further improve the North Road factory’s prospects.
He said: “Assuming we go back to the original plan, or something similar, Ellesmere Port is totally secure. What we want is a commitment to continue producing the next-generation vehicles.
“It opens the door even wider to argue our case with people who know the quality of the workforce in Ellesmere Port. I’m optimistic that this will bring about further improvements, but it is far from a done deal.”