Oct 31, 2019

Vauxhall fears after car giants Fiat and PSA announce merger

PA Fiat Chrysler is to merge with Vauxhall's owner PSA to create the world's fourth largest car company. Fiat Chrysler, the Italian-US business behind Jeep, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati, has been looking for a big tie-up for years, believing that consolidation in the global industry is needed to cuts costs and overcapacity, and fund investment in electric vehicles. "Merger talks combined with Brexit uncertainty is deeply unsettling for Vauxhall's UK workforce which is one of the most efficient in Europe," said Unite national officer Des Quinn. "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.". Although Ellesmere Port is considered an efficient car plant, he believes the Italian government will be keen to keep Fiat's factories, and the French government is part-owner of PSA and so has an interest in protecting its own factories.

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