Vauxhall plans 400 job cuts at as sales fall
The carmaker, now owned by France’s PSA Group – maker of Peugeot and Citroen – is “facing challenging European market conditions,” a spokesman said.
Ellesmere Port, which makes the Astra models, will move staff from two production shifts to one in early 2018.
PSA said that manufacturing costs at Ellesmere were higher than other “benchmark plants” in the group.
Vauxhall employs about 4,500 people in the UK, with about 1,800 at Ellesmere Port. The company also has a factory at Luton, which makes vans.
PSA became Europe’s second biggest carmaker after Volkswagen in August when it completed the purchase of Vauxhall and German brand Opel from US car giant General Motors.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May personally sought assurances from PSA chief executive Carlos Tavares during a phone call in February.
Last month, Mr Tavares said it was hard to decide upon the group’s strategy for Vauxhall given a lack of clarity over the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.