“This significant investment at Ellesmere Port helps to confirm the UK’s place in the fast lane of European car manufacturing. GM’s investment will secure existing jobs and create hundreds of new ones, directly and in the supply chain.
“Britain’s automotive industry is now a real success story – for the first time in decades our balance of trade in cars is positive, and major investments like this are a vote of confidence in the UK.”
These are members of staff who've lived for months with the fear that this entire plant was going to close down and they've only just found out in the last couple of days that they do have a future.
They know they make really good cars here and they say they believe in what they do - and they were facing the chance of being shut down as a result of closures across General Motors' plans. And now they know that they can go forward.
I spoke to a worker who says he can now start to plan for himself and for his children because he knows he will be in employment for a number of years to come.
Vauxhall chairman Duncan Aldred said it was a "historic day" for Vauxhall:
"This is great news for the Ellesmere Port plant, our employees, the local community, our suppliers, the Vauxhall brand and the UK. We have been able to develop a responsible labour agreement that secures the plant's future.
"With Ellesmere Port's proven build quality and a new agreement that ensures excellent cost competitiveness, this facility will provide additional employment and, as the lead plant for the next-generation Astra, will be one of the cornerstones of our European manufacturing footprint."
The new Vauxhall Astra is to be built at Ellesmere Port, creating hundreds of new jobs, the firm announced today.
Chairman Duncan Aldred said an extra 700 new jobs will be created at the plant and 3,000 in the supply chain through £125 million worth of investment and "ground-breaking" flexible working and a four year pay deal.