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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

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Welsh Secretary welcomes Ellesmere announcement

Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan has today welcomed the announcement from GM that will safeguard 2,000 jobs and car production at the Ellesmere Port plant until at least 2020.

The £125million investment to build the next generation Astra will also create 700 new jobs and 4,000 jobs in the supply chain - news which will be welcomed by the hundreds of North Wales based employees who work at the plant.

Welcoming the announcement, the Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan said:

"This announcement will come as very welcome news for the economy and the hundreds of employees from North Wales who make the journey to the Ellesmere Port plant every day. "The news is testament to the exemplary skills of the workforce, and an excellent example of how this Government is helping to create the right environment for industry. Moreover, it is another sure sign that the UK's auto sector continues to go from strength-to-strength and is open for business."

– Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan

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