GM boss hails PSA deal but union chief wants assurances over UK jobs

Time 9:37 am, March 6, 2017

THE chairman and chief executive of GM today called the agreement for PSA Group to buy out its European arm a new opportunity to enhance the long-term performance of the respective companies.

Mary Barra said: ‘For GM, this represents another major step in the ongoing work that is driving our improved performance and accelerating our momentum.

‘We are reshaping our company and delivering consistent, record results for our owners through disciplined capital allocation to our higher-return investments in our core automotive business and in new technologies that are enabling us to lead the future of personal mobility.

‘We believe this new chapter puts Opel and Vauxhall in an even stronger position for the long term and we look forward to our participation in the future success and strong value-creation potential of PSA through our economic interest and continued collaboration on current and exciting new projects.’

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, said thousands of Vauxhall workers at Ellesmere Port and Luton had endured a ‘nerve-racking’ few weeks.

‘While initial discussions with the PSA Group have been relatively positive, our priority now is to ensure a long-term future for our plants and the tens of thousands of workers depending on them,’ he said.

Luton South’s Labour MP, Gavin Shuker, tweeted:

Meanwhile, Justin Madders, the Labour MP for Ellesmere Port, tweeted:

The announcement said the transaction would allow ‘substantial economies of scale and synergies’ in purchasing, manufacturing and research and development.

PSA, together with international banking group BNP Paribas, will also acquire all of GM Financial’s European operations through a newly formed 50 per cent-50 per cent joint venture.

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