Renewed fears over Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port assembly plant have the United Kingdom scrambling for discussions. Reuters reported earlier this month that Britain’s business minister, Greg Clark, met with PSA CEO Carlos Tavares to discuss its business in the country.
The meeting followed two rounds of job cuts; PSA slashed 400 jobs last year from the plant and recently announced another 250 redundancies will take effect by April of this year. The plant will run at just one shift and builds the Vauxhall Astra and its variants. Although the job cuts likely took center stage, a source told Reuters that the meeting was planned for a while.
PSA also confirmed the meeting took place.
The French automaker will decide this year over the plant’s future, and it has previously remarked that the facilities are far less efficient than its own plants. Head of Britain’s largest trade union Len McCluskey announced plans for a meeting with Tavares as well and warned any plans to shut down Ellesmere Port will have dire consequences.
“I will make it crystal clear to the PSA boss Carlos Tavares that if there is any attempt to close the Ellesmere Port Vauxhall plant we will make sure their market in the UK is finished for good,” he said.