Mark Welcomes Vauxhall Deal

Mark Tami has welcomed a deal to avoid compulsory redundancies at the Ellesmere Port Vauxhall plant and to increase production.

The agreement was reached between Unite, the biggest UK union in car and components manufacturing, and Magna, the Canadian auto parts company and preferred bidder for General Motors’ European operations.

Mr Tami said the arrangement would improve future prospects for the Ellesmere Port plant.

He added: “This is a massive relief for the workers and production at Ellesmere Port will grow to nearly 148,000 units.

“Subject to maintaining its competitive position, Ellesmere Port will also produce the next generation Astra, set for launch in 2016.

“This is a testament to the determined approach taken by the government and Unite in fighting for jobs during the global economic downturn.”

Unite joint General Secretary, Derek Simpson, said the deal could not have been reached without the support of the Labour Government.

He said: “The UK government, chiefly the Prime Minister and Lord Mandelson, has been pivotal to reaching agreement today. Their support has ensured we can preserve and maintain the 25,000 jobs in manufacturing and services and the 403 components companies which depend on Vauxhall, and would have been at serious risk had agreement not been reached.”