GM to axe 9,000 jobs in Europe

General Motors has confirmed it is cutting nearly 9,000 jobs across Europe, more than half of which will be in Germany.

Head of GM's international operations, Nick Reilly, said production across its factories in Europe will be slashed by 20% and that Germany would suffer 50-60% of the job losses.

However, he did not specify how many positions were under threat at Vauxhall plants in Luton and Ellesmere Port.

Under restructuring plans announced previously, around 800 jobs cuts were threatened in the UK and during his visit last week Mr Reilly had indicated there was scope for "significant reduction".

Following his meeting with employee representatives in Germany, he said no plans had been finalised yet, but the firm will be forced to make "difficult decisions".

The car-maker has begun consultations with trade unions and hopes to complete it in the next two to three weeks.

Meanwhile, a working group has been set up to evaluate the company's factory in Antwerp which faces an "uncertain" future.

Mr Reilly added: "We all have the same objective - to create a viable, sustainable business. It is very doable and we look forward to working with our employee representatives."

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