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Demand sees Groupe PSA Luton plant increase output
Since the start of the Covid-19 health crisis Groupe PSA, the parent company of Vauxhall, has said its priority has been to protect the health of its employees and ensure the sustainability of the company. Manufacturing activity at Groupe PSA’s Luton van factory recommenced on May 18, after the implementation of a series of reinforced safety measures.
The demand for the Vauxhall and Opel Vivaro, Peugeot Expert and Citroën Dispatch vans produced there now requires the creation of a third shift to increase output at the site.
Following a meeting earlier this month, where representatives of Vauxhall Motors met with trade union representatives of the Vauxhall National Joint Negotiating Committee, around 200 employees will be redeployed from its Ellesmere Port plant and the parts distribution centre in Luton, to the Luton plant on a voluntary basis for a temporary period. Vauxhall Motors will cover transportation and expenses for all staff involved.
The company proposal is based on the ‘European manufacturing solidarity’ principle that is in force at Groupe PSA and will mitigate the social risk against temporary low activity at some plants and support the ability to respond to significant demand for LCV production with highly trained and skilled workers from the Ellesmere Port site.
The company’s Ellesmere Port site, which makes the Vauxhall and Opel Astra, remains closed until September.