Vauxhall workers vote for jobs

Vauxhall workers vote for jobs

Vauxhall car workers have voted massively in favour of a new pay and conditions deal which clears the way for huge new investment in the UK motor industry.

Members of the Unite union at the firm's plant in Ellesmere Port on Merseyside backed the package by 94% after voting over the past few days and avoided abreakdown in relations with management.

The final votes were announced on Thursday morning, ahead of an expected announcement that the plant will build the next generation of the Vauxhall Astra model.

The move will create hundreds of new jobs at the site, where a third shift will be added, guaranteeing work for years ahead. The Ellesmere Port site is 50 years old this year and employs 2,100 workers.

Ellesmere Port builds the Astra Sports Tourer, making 140,000 models last year. The plant was first built in 1962, producing its first car, a Viva, two years later. A decision to build the new Astra in the UK will hit GM's factory in Bochum, Germany.

Business Secretary Vince Cable praised the "committed" workforce, which he said was willing to embrace flexible working arrangements.

Copyright Press Association 2012