The future for Vauxhall’s 10,000 workers at Luton and Ellesmere Port should be decided this week as they vote on a radical pay and working practices package. The deal is believed to include a three-year pay deal with 3.5% in year one, at least 3% in year two, and the rate of inflation in year three, topped up by 0.5% if the pound falls below DM2.70.
A union spokesman at the Luton plant said he was optimistic of a yes vote. In return, Vauxhall will commit itself to a replacement model for the Vectra, at Luton.
Vauxhall chairman Nick Reilly has promised to forgo his £160,000 salary for a year to show the situation’s seriousness