Vauxhall future discussed as GM Europe chief meets Mandelson and unions

General Motors’ head of operations in Europe is to meet the UK government and the union Unite to talk about the future of Vauxhall.

Opel chief Nick Reilly will hold meetings with business secretary Lord Mandelson and Unite’s Tony Woodley, the BBC reports.

It is the first face-to-face meeting between GM bosses and ministers since the US firm decided not to sell Opel.

GM has indicated that it plans to cut about 10,000 jobs in Europe. Mandelson will want to clarify its plans for plants in Luton and Ellesmere Port.

Reilly said all the European plants would know their fate in the next fortnight.

“We know it is disturbing and unsettling to have this hanging over your head for such a period of time so we intend to take that decision in a relatively short period of time, approximately two weeks or so,” he said after a meeting in Belgium.

BBC business reporter John Moylan said he understands Reilly, a former Vauxhall chairman, is due to meet Woodley this morning and Mandelson later in the afternoon.

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