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GM announces future plans for Ellesmere Port

27 November 2009 #SMMT News #UK Manufacturing

GM has announced plans for the future of its Ellesmere Port plant to see a three shift production operation in 2011.

Following a press conference earlier this week in Ruesselsheim, Germany at which Nick Reilly, chief executive officer (CEO) for Opel/Vauxhall gave a brief summary of the discussions that had been held with the European Employee Forum (EEF) in respect of the Opel/Vauxhall viability business plan, the consultation process with each individual manufacturing plant in Europe has now begun. This process will continue over the next month to finalise details of the forward plan for Opel/Vauxhall across Europe.  
As a first step in this consultation process, Ellesmere Port has advised employees of the proposals for its future. The proposed plan is for Ellesmere Port to move to a three shift production operation in 2011. To support the launch of the new Astra Sports Tourer in 2010 and to prepare for the third shift introduction in 2011, the plan is for no redundancies.
Plant and Trade Union Senior Leadership will now work together to develop the details of the plan in order to support the future strategy for Ellesmere Port.

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