Job loss fears for Vauxhall UK following mega-merger talks

Following yesterday’s news that The PSA Group – which owns Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Vauxhall brands – has had talks with Fiat Chrysler about a potential £40bn mega-merger – Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union representing car workers said it would be seeking an urgent meeting with PSA to discuss the future of Vauxhall.

Unite national officer Des Quinn said: “Unite is seeking an urgent high level meeting with PSA over merger talks with Fiat Chrysler.

“Merger talks combined with Brexit uncertainty is deeply unsettling for Vauxhall’s UK workforce which is one of the most efficient in Europe.

“The fact remains, merger or not, if PSA wants to use a great British brand like Vauxhall to sell cars and vans in the UK, then it has to make them here in the UK.”

More than 3000 people across the UK are employed by Vauxhall – and it is expected that if the deal is confirmed, then there would be cost-saving measures introduced across

Fiat Chrysler had earlier this year been in discussions with Renault about a merger – however, they pulled out of a deal in June.