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Welsh workers await news of expected deal to buy Vauxhall

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A Union leader has said an expected deal to sell Vauxhall to a French car giant must include a commitment to the long-term future of plants in the UK.

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said thousands of Vauxhall workers at Ellesmere Port, which employs hundreds from Wales, and Luton had endured a "nerve-wracking" few weeks.

General Motors is set to announce today it will sell Vauxhall and Opel to the PSA Group, which makes Peugeot and Citroen models.

Over the weekend, the chief executives of both General Motors and the PSA Group have spoken to me to outline their plans.

Unite will ensure that these are communicated to our members at the earliest opportunity so that we can end this nerve-wracking period for these loyal workers, and move forward on how to safeguard our sites.

So while initial discussions with the PSA Group have been relatively positive, our priority now is to ensure a long-term future for our plants and the tens of thousands of workers depending on them.

– Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite


Ford's five year plan shows 'significant drop' in jobs, Unite leader says

Len McCluskey, the leader of Unite, the UK's biggest union, has told ITV that a 'significant drop in the number of jobs' is part of Ford's five year plan for Bridgend.

Yesterday ITV News revealed that Ford has drawn up plans to cut 1,160 jobs at its engine plant in Bridgend over the next four years.

Unite leader Len McCluskey speaking to ITV News in Bridgend today. Credit: ITV News

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We've asked Ford to provide for us the plans for Bridgend for the next five years, and they have done that.

Embodied in that is a significant drop in the number of jobs.

But our message is clear ... Ford have a duty to commit to the workforce in Bridgend.

– Unite leader Len McCluskey

Len McCluskey is addressing the Ford workers in separate meetings at the Bridgend plant today.

First Minister calls reports of Ford job losses 'deeply concerning'

Carwyn Jones says he's "deeply concerned" following reports that over a thousand jobs at the Ford engine plant in Bridgend could go over the next four years.

Carwyn Jones is seeking "urgent assurances" from Ford.

The First Minister, who's currently in the United States for a trade and investment tour, also confirmed the Welsh Government were "actively seeking urgent assurances" from Ford about their future plans.

These reports are clearly deeply concerning, and we are actively seeking urgent assurances from Ford - both in the U.K. and US - about their future plans. We are also speaking to the workforce through the trades unions and offering them every assistance. We have worked very closely with Ford over a number of years to secure a future for the Bridgend plant, and we remain committed to supporting these vital manufacturing jobs.

– First Minister Spokesperson

ITV News understands that Ford is responding to a fall in global demand and problems with efficiency - including restrictive work practices - specific to Bridgend.

The company expects headcount to fall from its current level of 1,760 to around 600 by 2021.

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