Union leaders have held a private meeting with Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers to discuss the 2,000 redundancies at Vauxhall’s Luton plant.
During the meeting Byers set out the Government’s plans to help those affected find new jobs or retrain.
Meanwhile national union leaders are finalising plans to fly to Zurich next month to meet European officials of Vauxhall’s parent firm General Motors to urge a rethink of the decision to end car production in Luton.
Unions are planning a day of protest, including industrial action, across Europe on January 25.
By Ben Willmott