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Over 1,000 jobs at risk at Vauxhall

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by Kay Murchie
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It has been reported that around 1,100 Vauxhall jobs could go as a result of Canadian parts maker Magna’s restructuring of Opel.

While full details have not yet emerged, there is speculation that the Luton plant will be worst hit but jobs will also go at Ellesmere Port. Vauxhall has around 5,500 workers at the two sites.

Opel has a European workforce of almost 55,000, with 25,000 based in Germany.

Commenting on the report, the UK Government told the BBC: “Speculation on job losses… is unhelpful at such early stages of the negotiations.”

“Every aspect of these negotiations is under very active discussion and the Government is working to secure the best possible outcome for Vauxhall in the UK,” a spokesperson from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) said.

Last week at the TUC Congress in Liverpool, Tony Woodley, joint leader of the Unite union, said: “If these plans to slash jobs at both sites and cut the volume of cars produced at Ellesmere Port are pushed through, then make no mistake, Vauxhall will cease to operate in this country in six years’ time.”

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