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New Vauxhall Astra To Create 700 Merseyside Jobs

18 May 2012

New Vauxhall Astra To Create 700 Merseyside Jobs The new Astra model from Vauxhall will be built at their Ellesmere Port plant and will create in the region of 700 full and part time Merseyside jobs.

In addition, the investment of £125 million at the Vauxhall car manufacturing plant will also bring a further 3,000 UK jobs in the supply chain for the new Astra.

The company’s chairman, Duncan Aldred, who began his graduate career at the Merseyside facility said it was a historic moment for Vauxhall and described it as fantastic news for current and future employees and the local community.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ chief executive, Paul Everitt, also said the announcement was ‘great news’ for Merseyside and the wider car industry in the UK.

“The decision will see the next generation Vauxhall Astra produced at the plant, supporting the local supply chain and safeguarding jobs well into the future. Manufacturing is now core to our country's economy, and the partnership forged between companies, employees, trades unions and government in the UK automotive industry demonstrates that the country is a globally competitive place to do business,” said Mr Everitt.

Union members from Unite were also pleased with the announcement from Vauxhall. General Secretary Len McCluskey said the new deal brought an end to a period of uncertainly for the local workforce in Ellesmere Port. Over 90 per cent of his union were in favour of the new Vauxhall package which will bring hundreds of new jobs to Merseyside.

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