However, some people did turn up and undertook maintenance work and training. Meanwhile, sympathetic action by employees at Ellesmere Port resulted in the loss of about 400 Astra models. Support action by production workers at General Motors plants across Europe ranged from five minutes to 60 minutes 'shutdown' per shift.
A Vauxhall spokesman said: 'There was no significant impact on production and therefore no disruption to vehicles supplies.' Meanwhile mass meetings are being held ahead of a likely ballot on industrial action later this month. General Motors is expected to make a final decision within the next three weeks as to where the replacement Vectra, due for launch in March 2002, will be built.
Ellesmere Port is vying for production with General Motors' Antwerp plant and Fleet NewsNet understands that the Merseyside plant is likely to win the verdict to become the manufacturer's latest 'flex' plant sharing production with Astra.