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Flexible working to save 2,700 manufacturing jobs?

Flexible working to save 2,700 manufacturing jobs?

Flexible working is being touted as one method that could avoid the need to avoid large-scale redundancies in north-west England.

Union representatives and Vauxhall management are in talks over the possibility of completely overhauling the employment practices at the manufacturer's plant in Ellesmere Port, Autocar reports.

Some 2,700 professionals at the depot could lose their jobs as parent company General Motors - the motoring giant with more than 200,000 employees globally - plans to reduce its number of European bases from seven to five.

Consequently, negotiations over issues such as shift patterns and flexible working are now underway between interested parties as they attempt to make sure the plant is not one of those facing closure.

Under these plans, officials are hoping to vastly increase the proportion of British-built car parts made their when production of the new Vauxhall Astra starts in 2014.

A source close to the factory told the news source: "GM really wants to get the factories working hard, to get the cars flowing through the plants and we're confident we've got a plan to do that."

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Posted by Chris Stevenson