Ellesmere Port Vauxhall plant celebrates secured jobs
It was announced yesterday by General Motors, the owners of Vauxhall that the new Astra will be built at the Ellesmere Port plant which will secure jobs for the current 2,100 strong work force and create an extra 700 new jobs.
This news came in the year that the plant will celebrate its 50th anniversary and it looks likely that the plant will continue to thrive for another decade.
The workers voted 94% in favour of the changes to their working practices which involved a four year pay deal, starting next year and a third shift returning to the plant allowing production of 160,000 to 200,000 cars per year.
General Motors also announced a £125million investment so the production of the new Astra can start in 2015, which will also create a further 3,000 jobs in the supply chain.
The Ellesmere Port workforce celebrated yesterday as well as breathing a deep sigh of relief after the future of the plant had been in doubt since the beginning of the year, when General Motors admitted they would probably have to close one of its three plants in the region.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron spoke about the announcement, ‘The workforce at Ellesmere Port should take great pride in their skill, hard work and commitment which has proved vital to ensuring this great result today.’
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