Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant will lose another 250 workers as the brand announced additional cuts atop previously announced redundancies. Last October, the brand said it would cut 400 workers in a voluntary redundancy effort. It will now expand that program to another 250 workers.
Sky News reported on the cuts on Monday which come as Vauxhall works to remain competitive in the United Kingdom. The brand said the initial redundancy program was successful, but it needs to take additional steps to “protect its future.” Vauxhall will implement the cuts between April and September 2018.
In addition to the cuts, the Ellesmere Port plant will move to a single shift in April. The plant exclusively builds the Astra and Astra wagon, which fell to the UK’s sixth best-selling car in 2017. Production hovered around 50,000 cars, down from 60,000 cars in 2016.
The Ellesmere Port’s future rests in the hands of Vauxhall’s new owner, France’s PSA Groupe. The automaker acquired Vauxhall and Opel last year from General Motors. The plant is reportedly safe until at least 2021 from closure, but it could be an important resource during the UK’s Brexit split with the European Union.