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Unions call for government help to save jobs at Vauxhall

Union want a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies Credit: PA

Union leaders at Vauxhall are calling for top level talks to try to avoid compulsory redundancies at the Ellesmere Port plant.

They want meetings with the government and parent company PSA.

Four hundred people - nearly a quarter of the workforce - have been told their jobs are to go.

The car manufacturer is blaming falling demand for the Astra model which is made at the plant.

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We have lift off: Massive operation to raise barges from canal to repair them

Some of the boats stretch back more than 100 years

Eleven historic narrow boats are being lifted out of a canal in Cheshire later in a massive operation.

The boats, some more than a- hundred years old, had been stored at the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port

The aim is to refloat exhibits at the Boat museum in Ellesemere Port
Some of the boats need extensive repairs

It'll enable conservation work to be carried out, so that the exhibits can re-floated.

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Vauxhall workers remain 'hopeful' after sale

The French car giant PSA Group announced this morning that it is to buy the European operations of General Motors, including Vauxhall in Cheshire, for £1.9billion. Unions say they have been assured that the plant in Ellesmere Port will continue making the Astra until 2021. Workers say they are concerned but remain hopeful for their jobs.

French car giant agrees £1.9bn General Motors deal

Vauxhall plant in Cheshire Credit: Press Association

French car giant PSA Group is to buy the European operations of General Motors, including Vauxhall in the UK, for £1.9billion, the company has announced.

Unions say they have been assured that the Vauxhall plant in Cheshire will continue making the Astra until 2021 regardless of a takeover.

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