Vauxhall dispute continues with unofficial strike

An unofficial strike took place in Vauxhall’s Luton plant
yesterday as GM Europe and the European Works Council manufacturing committee
met up in Zurich to discuss plans for the Luton closure. 

Most of the 3,000 workers at Luton refused to work, leaving
a skeletal staff in place.

A key point being discussed in Zurich was whether GM Europe

European rules on employee consultation.

Speaking to Personnel Today from Zurich, Bruce Warman,
personnel director for Vauxhall, said, “As I understand it, no legal action
will be taken by the works council. The outcome of the our discussions is that
there are no plans to move away for our restructuring proposals” 

However, Warman admitted that lessons have been learnt from
the Luton redundancies.

“We are looking at developing a framework of understanding
how to deal with issues like this,” he said.

By Karen Higginbottom

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