TODAY the ECHO launches a campaign to win government support for our motor industry in the face of the worst economic downturn in 80 years.
Knowsley’s Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plant and the Vauxhall site in Ellesmere Port have been hit by falling car sales as consumers postpone purchases, fearful for their jobs and savings.
Each site employs about 2,200 staff all affected by the downturn in sales through non-production weeks and extra time off over the traditional Christmas shutdown to avoid surplus stocks of Jaguar X-Type, Freelander 2 and Astra models.
Vauxhall’s US parent company General Motors is undergoing restructuring to win government funding to see it through the worst economic period in its History
General Motors’ UK and European operations are on a $750m cost-cutting drive this year. But UK managers say the Ellesmere Port plant will continue manufacturing until September when the latest Astra model is due to roll off the production lines, resulting in a return to three-shift working and, hopefully, attracting new customers. ===CLICK HEAR===