Vauxhall moves to four-day week at Ellesmere Port factory

General Motors seeks cost savings at European operations as eurozone crisis continues to weaken demand for carsMore than 2,000 workers at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant are moving to a four-day week as the carmaker’s owner, General Motors, seeks cost savings at its European operations.The move comes nearly five months after a collective effort from Vauxhall, […]
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General Motors’ Ellesmere Port and Luton plants to close for week

Decision to close two Vauxhall plants for one week comes after warning that eurozone crisis has hit car purchasesGeneral Motors is stopping production for a week at the Vauxhall plants in Ellesmere Port and Luton after warning that the eurozone crisis has hit car purchases on the continent.The sites will stage a “down week” from […]
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Coryton oil refinery set to close

Up to 850 jobs likely to be lost after administrators fail to find buyer for UK’s largest independent oil refineryThe UK’s largest independent oil refinery faces closure, with the loss of up to 850 jobs, after administrators failed to find a buyer for the Coryton site in Essex.Petroplus, Coryton’s owner, went into administration this year […]
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Union leaders urged to promote themselves as ‘wealth creators’

Shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, to tell trade unions they should be shouting about their success from the rooftopsUnion leaders should promote their role as “wealth creators” instead of just allowing themselves to be depicted as voices of protest, the shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, will say on Monday.In his first major speech on union […]
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PM welcomes jobs announcement at Ellesmere Port

The Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed news that  the new Vauxhall Astra will be built in Ellesmere Port, creating  and securing  jobs at the plant and many more in supply firms. Mr Cameron said: “This is excellent news for Ellesmere Port and for UK manufacturing. “Once again we have seen the success of the UK […]
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‘Team UK’ effort saves Ellesmere Port car plant

Feared closure averted as GM announces that next Astra car model will be built at Merseyside and Polish plantsThe Vauxhall car plant at Ellesmere Port has been saved from closure, preserving 2,100 jobs and creating 700 more, after workers accepted a deal that will result in the next-generation Astra built at the factory.The business secretary, […]
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Ellesmere Port: closure averted but new manufacturing base is needed

Experts say we need a high-end parts maker, such as France’s Valeo, in order to produce a pure British content carWhile the closure of a car factory should not represent an indictment of government industrial policy, neither should the saving of one be a ringing endorsement.Saving the Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port is great news […]
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General Motors saves Vauxhall factory at Ellesmere Port

Feared closure averted as GM announces that next Astra car model will be built at Merseyside and Polish plantsThe Vauxhall car plant at Ellesmere Port has been saved from closure, preserving 2,100 jobs and creating 700 more, after workers accepted a deal that will see the next-generation Astra car built at the factory.The business secretary, […]
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Ellesmere Port Vauxhall factory and 2,100 jobs ‘to be saved’

Vince Cable and GM’s vice chairman to visit Ellesmere Port as carmaker prepares to reveal production plans for new AstraGeneral Motors has signalled that the Ellesmere Port factory in north-west England will be saved, along with 2,100 jobs, after the head of the carmaker’s European arm revealed production plans for the new Vauxhall Astra.The business […]
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Jaguar F-type triumph illustrates Britain’s two-speed car industry

In the fast lane, premium producers such as JLR, Bentley and Mini – in the slow lane, mass volume producers such as VauxhallThe two-speed nature of Britain’s car industry was underlined by Jaguar Land Rover this week.In the fast lane, premium producers such as JLR, Bentley and Mini are booming on the back of demand […]
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