Possible Job Cuts Planned for GM plant in Britain

Union officials are not optimistic about preventing loss of almost 1,000 jobs at GM factory

As reported by Reuters

General Motors Europe and British labor unions are to resume talks today aimed at streamlining production at GM's Ellesmere Port plant, but union officials are not confident of preventing job cuts.

A spokesman for the Transport & General Workers Union (T&G) said more meetings with union leaders and the company were scheduled in Frankfurt later today.

Union officials have are not optimistic about stopping GM's plans to cut nearly 1,000 jobs at the factory.

GM has been in talks with unions over plans to streamline production of the Opel/Vauxhall Astra model.

GM Europe President Car-Peter Forster said last week that proposals by unions to spread production cuts over other GM plants in Europe were "not super-attractive."

Workers at the plant in northwest England staged a spontaneous walkout in response to his comments last week, temporarily halting production.

Any British job losses would follow last month's decision by French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen to close its central England plant next year, eliminating 2,300 jobs, and the collapse of British carmaker MG Rover last year.

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