Luton Manufacturing Site Increases Its Output, Supported By Ellesmere Port Volunteers

June 23, 2020 by Groupe PSA

• Demand for Vauxhall Vivaro, Opel Vivaro, Peugeot Expert and Citroën Dispatch requires three shifts to commence at the Luton plant

•The commercial situation of Vauxhall and Opel Astra requires the restarting of Ellesmere Port operations after September 1st

•Based on the 'European manufacturing solidarity' principle, the temporary staffing in Luton, shared with the Trade Union, is an opportunity to secure employment of Ellesmere Port employees based on volunteers, in the context of the Covid-19 crisis

Since the start of the Covid-19 health crisis, Groupe PSA's priority has been to protect the health of its employees and ensure the sustainability of the company. Manufacturing activity at Groupe PSA's Luton site recommenced on 18th May after the deployment of a protocol of reinforced health measures. The demand for the Vauxhall and Opel Vivaro, Peugeot Expert and Citroën Dispatch produced there now requires a third shift to increase output at the site.

Further to the 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 Ellesmere Port Plant and the Parts Distribution Centre in Luton, to 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.

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