Workers at the car giant Vauxhall said the visit from the Prince of Wales has been a much needed boost. Prince Charles toured the Ellesmere Port’s General Motors (GM) factory and spoke to assembly workers to hear about the pressures on the UK motor industry.
The factory is on a four day week and workers have agreed with management a cut of ten percent in hours worked and five percent in pay to help reduce costs and avoid redundancies.
The factory is to build the next generation Astra. The Prince was quite interested in the new vehicle being launched and showed great interest in the green award recently won.
After touring the assembly Charles attended a private round table discussion on the impact of the economic downturn with local business leaders and representatives from other local motor manufacturers.