Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
North West; Cheshire; Cheshire CC
Location of affected unit(s)
Ellesmere Port
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.1 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 October 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Car manufacturer Vauxhall has announced plans to cut 400 jobs from its site at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. The company has made the decision as it faces falling sales and difficult market conditions. Ellesmere Port manufactures the Astra model and will change its production process to move from two shifts to one in early 2018. A spokesperson for the company stated that the decision had no link to the uncertainty created by Brexit and was instead reflective of changes in patterns of consumption, away from the estates and saloons produced by Vauxhall and towards the Sports Utility Vehicles. Other commentators have suggested that falls in the value of Sterling linked to the Brexit decision have pushed up costs at the plant and may be a factor in this announcement. Unite the union is about to comment the job losses after discussions with shop stewards.


  • 15 October 2017: BBC Website


Eurofound (2017), Vauxhall, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 92332, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/92332.