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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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Watchdog clears the way for Vauxhall takeover

Cars at the Ellesmere Port plant Credit: PA Images

Europe's competition watchdog has waived through a £1.9 billion deal for French car giant PSA Group to buy Vauxhall owner Opel which employs 2,000 people at its site in Ellesmere Port.

The European Commission "unconditionally approved" the takeover, saying the tie-up raised no competition concerns.

PSA, which owns Peugeot and Citroen, agreed to buy the loss-making European arm of General Motors in March.

The move aimed to secure GM's exit from the UK and Europe while transforming PSA into Europe's second-largest car maker.

However, the takeover sparked concern in the UK about the impact on thousands of jobs at Vauxhall plants and supply companies.

The Vauxhall Astra is made at Ellesmere Port and a further 1,500 people produce the Vauxhall Vivaro van in Luton.

The competition referee said the combined market share of the two companies would be "relatively small" and the business would face "strong competition" from rival manufacturers such as Renault, Volkswagen, Daimler, Ford and Fiat.

It added that there was no issues surrounding the deal's impact on the wholesale and retail distribution markets.

Vauxhall is a major employer in the UK, with around 35,000 staff, including 23,000 in its retail network and 7,000 in its supply chain.

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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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