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    Well we have just had this anounced in Ellesmere Port today so the future now looks secure for us , it goes as follows.......

    Team,
    Following extensive and constructive dialogue between Vauxhall Motors, Magna International, UNITE and the British Government, we are pleased to inform you that the parties have secured an agreement that protects the jobs and prospects of the c5000 Vauxhall employees in the UK.
    Both the Ellesmere Port and Luton manufacturing operations will retain security of production. In the case of Ellesmere Port this amounts to c148,000 units per annum on two full shifts, and at Luton, which will be maintained as a key manufacturing operation until at least 2013, consideration will be given to a future model at the plant beyond that date. There will be no enforced redundancies.
    Cost saving and efficiency measures will be implemented which include a two year pay freeze, and other measures, but please be assured that employee sacrifices already made this year will be recognised.
    A press release has been issued by UNITE and you will no doubt see coverage of this information in the news this evening. We have replicated the press release below for your information.
    This is very good news for Vauxhall’s UK operations and is the result of a tremendous team effort between leadership of UNITE and the management team at Vauxhall.
    More clarification on other items such as WTR, car schemes, any severance packages and so on will be communicated by the end of October 2009. In the meanwhile if you have any questions, please pass them through your direct manager or to Marc A Eden and we will collate them and respond accordingly.
    Regards,
    Bill Parfitt

    Unite strikes deal with Magna over Vauxhall plants' future
    After weeks of extensive negotiations, an agreement on the future of the UK Vauxhall plants has been 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.
    Unite described the agreement as a fairer deal for the UK, giving the plants at Ellesmere Port and Luton improved prospects for the future.
    Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of Unite, said: "This agreement removes the uncertainty surrounding our plants and our people's jobs. It gives both plants job security and a future through to 2013, providing a good basis for a long-term future beyond that.
    "Production at Ellesmere Port will grow significantly from the level originally proposed to nearly 148,000 units, with full capacity over two shifts, and there is agreement that Luton will remain a key manufacturing site. Some 600 jobs that would otherwise have been lost will be preserved, but equally as important, Magna has agreed to no enforced redundancies.
    "Agreement has now been reached with the workforce in this country. We would urge that each and every government involved in the European operations, including that in the UK, now wastes no time in finalising the financial contribution which they will make to this business."
    Derek Simpson, joint general secretary of Unite, added: "When we started off this process, we made it clear that we were seeking a fairer arrangement for the UK plants, and that is what has been achieved.
    "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.
    "This is testimony to the success of the government's approach, which is not to stand idle and let the market prevail but to intervene to protect the best in British industry.
    "Unite thanks them for their work because through their efforts they have made sure that our plants can have a future."
    The agreement struck between Unite and Magna states that:
    * Ellesmere Port, subject to maintaining its competitive position, will produce the next generation Astra (set for 2016)
    * the Luton van plant will be maintained as a key site within Magna's UK portfolio, and confirms that Magna will seek "any other possibility on product" for the plant
    * there will be no compulsory redundancies at either UK plant
    * two shifts at Ellesmere Port with volume agreed at 147,500 by 2011 irrespective of demand fluctuations
    In return, the workforce will contribute through cost-saving and efficiency measures, including a two year pay freeze (although weekly working hours will rise helping to bridge the earnings gap) and increased contributions to the car purchase scheme of £20 per month.
    Talks between Magna and the works councils of the other European nations continue.
    Last edited by Keif; 15 October 2009, 08:52 AM. Reason: Had to change the icon - GOOD NEWS.
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    Indeed Sean - it is great news and is certainly well-received by many of us who have been concerned about exactly what will be happening.

    I suspect that over the next few weeks (or even days) more details about our plans for next year will be confirmed so we'll keep you all posted as and when they are.

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    • #3
      Great news Sean
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      • #4
        That's great news Sean, bet you can sleep a bit better at night now!

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        • #5
          Too right, got sick of all the media speculation
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          • #6
            Good stuff

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            • #7
              well done fella, pleased for you and to celebrate flog me some of your 888 gear
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              • #8
                Excellent news for all concerned, bet you can
                breathe again

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Thumper View Post
                  well done fella, pleased for you and to celebrate flog me some of your 888 gear
                  Lol, not for sale, all part of my ever growing Vauxhall collection
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                  • #10
                    Great news

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                    • #11
                      As above, Great news...

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                      • #12
                        Great news, looks like a long term commitment as well for your plant at least.

                        Hopefully IBC will be able to secure a new contract once the Vivaro etc is done.
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                        • #13
                          Wahoo, great news.
                          My Lotus Carlton Car of the Month Aug 2009 - Nova GSi Dec 2010 - Meriva Aug 2013 - Astra 1.8 TwinTop Design Aug 2015
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                          • #14
                            Good news alround --- the heat is off for awhile, this must be the best crimbo pressie ever.

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