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    Vauxhall offers staff sabbaticals


    The Ellesmere Port plant stopped production for 14 days in October


    Car manufacturer Vauxhall has offered its workforce at one plant the chance to take a sabbatical on 30% pay.
    General Motors approached unions at the plant in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, with the plan last Thursday.
    Under the scheme, staff would stay away from work for up to nine months between January and September 2009 on less than a third of their basic salaries.
    A spokesman said the company wanted to avoid making any compulsory redundancies.
    He said it was "working with unions to cut structural costs and get us through 2009 without losing staff".
    He added: "We want to avoid any forced redundancies."
    Sabbatical offer
    If successful, the sabbatical plan could be rolled out at Saab, Opel in Europe and other Vauxhall plants in the UK.
    But the company said it did not expect there to be a "huge take-up" on the sabbatical offer.
    Vauxhall employs employs more than 5,000 people in Luton and Ellesmere Port.
    In October, the Ellesmere Port plant stopped production for 14 days because of falling sales in Europe.
    Its workers have been given up to one month off over Christmas because of falling sales and the site is currently closed until 12 January. Car sales in the UK have fallen overall by 37%, compared with the same time last year. That is an increase from October, when the comparative fall was 27%.


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    Default Re: Vauxhall offers staff sabbaticals

    Given that most people mortgages take up > 50% of their salary, this is a non starter.
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    Default Re: Vauxhall offers staff sabbaticals

    The cunts are looking for the easy option as British unions are weak as shit.

    Try getting rid of some of the cunts in Germany at Opel Russelsheim as they cost real money.

    6 weeks paid holiday at 150 % , The first 6 weeks of any illness paid by the employer,55% of a months wages as Christmas money laid out in the tarif and a nice 35 hour working week.

    They won't touch them for fear of having Germany's largest union THE IG Metal bring half of Germany out on strike.
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    Default Re: Vauxhall offers staff sabbaticals

    Quote Originally Posted by GTI View Post
    Given that most people mortgages take up > 50% of their salary, this is a non starter.
    50%!! Fook that mines only 18% if I paid out 50% of my wage a month i'd be living in a mansion lol

    Its looking grim for the car industry though. I'm assuming that the first thing to go will be the R&D so can we expect crap cars in the next 3 to 4 years?

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