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 breached
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