General Motors to save 2,100 jobs

The company will keep its Ellesmere Port factory open if workers vote for pay deal.

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General Motors is to confirm today whether it will save the jobs of 2,100 staff.

The company is to keep its Ellesmere Port factory open if workers vote in favour of a new pay deal. The deal is thought to include weekend shifts, moving from two shifts to three, and more staff in general.

The car maker is to invest millions into the factory if the deal goes through, putting an end to major fears about the plant's future. Manufacture of the next generation Astra will also start at the site in 2015.

The news is not all good for General Motors, however: workers in Germany may suffer the closure of GM's Bochum based Opel factory, which lost $750m last year.