Vauxhall cars were driven in convoy around Westminster London by the company’s workers as part of a campaign to safeguard jobs. As negotiations continue over the sale of GM Europe’s European arm Opel which includes Vauxhall UK the union Unite want to remind MP’s about the uncertain future for the firm’s factories in Ellesmere Port in Merseyside and Luton.
Vauxhall employs 5,000 people in the UK, with the Astra model made at its Ellesmere Port site and Vivaro commercial van made at its Luton plant, which is a joint venture with Renault. Since General Motors filed for bankruptcy which had the knock on effect of the European arm being put up for sale there has been a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the workers.
Vehicles in the convoy included a 2009 black Vauxhall Vivaro, a silver Vauxhall Vivaro mini bus, a red five-door Astra, the Heritage centre van, a 1966 Viva, 1970 Viscount, 1980 Cavalier, 1982 Chevette and 2002 Vectra and all displayed a Save Vauxhall logo.