ELLESMERE Port’s Vauxhall Motors’ plant will not be operating for the majority of the month due to continuing global economic difficulties.
Last week personnel manager Phil Millward announced that a number of production shifts had been cancelled at the North Road factory due to a lack of customer demand.
The series of “down days” started on Monday and continued yesterday, with workers returning to work today until the end of the week.
Shifts are cancelled again this coming Monday and Tuesday.
And then starting from Monday, October 20 the plant will not operate for two full weeks.
In a notice to staff, Mr Millward said: “The global economic difficulties continue to adversely impact motor vehicle sales of all the major manufacturers.
“The plant is striving to use the down days as positively as possible by bringing forward training plans, GCV related activities and other business initiatives.”
As a result some staff will be required to attend work on the down days.
Those who remain off work will receive base pay, production bonus and the appropriate shift premium for lost hours.
A General Motors’ spokeswoman said: “This is something we’ve always done. The demand for cars is a lot lower in Europe at the moment.
“But everything is still on target for the next generation car.”