At least 3,000 workers at Vauxhall's Luton plant went on strike last Thursday as GM Europe and the European Works Council Manufacturing committee met in Zurich to discuss plans for the Luton closure. Under discussion was whether GM Europe breached European rules on employee consultation.
Speaking to Personnel Today, Bruce Warman, personnel director for Vauxhall, said, "The outcome of the discussions were that there are no plans to move away from our restructuring proposals. We are looking at developing a framework of understanding on how to deal with issues like this."
He added, "The unions are still looking at whether GM Europe has breached rules on employee consultation but as I understand it, no legal action is being taken."
The strike by the Vauxhall workers was part of a European-wide protest by nearly 40,000 workers at GM Europe at the American car giant's plan to cut thousands of jobs.
"There has been no consultation between employees and management over these plans to cease car production in Luton," said a spokesperson for the T&G union.
The union is urging the British Government to sign up to the EU directive on consultation and information so employees can be kept informed of management plans.