By Isabel Togoh
Car manufacturing giant Vauxhall has announced it will cut 241 jobs at its main factory in Cheshire.
The firm said it would undergo a “phased reduction” of the jobs at the Ellesmere Port plant through voluntary redundancies, but said the decision was not Brexit-related.
It said in a statement: “This restructuring is critical to ensure that the Ellesmere Port plant develops its competitiveness during this difficult time within the industry.”
The company has entered a 45-day consultation with unions.
It comes as PSA, Vauxhall’s French owner, is reportedly considering shutting down one of its two UK plants in case the demand for cars falls post-Brexit.
Unite officer Mike Chalmers said: “Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port workers have made huge sacrifices and worked hard to ensure the carmaker recently returned to [profit for the first time in two decades.
“Further job losses will come as a sickening blow for them and their families in the run up to Christmas and will further heighten the anger over the uncertainty surrounding the future of the plant.”