The decision by Vauxhall to close its Luton plant with the loss of 2,000 jobs was branded an act of 'industrial vandalism' last night (10/01/01) by the Transport and General Workers Union boss Bill Morris, writes the UK's Mirror newspaper (11/01/01).

According to the report, Mr Morris blasted the firm's headquarters in Detroit for giving the order to close the site - to be visited by MPs today (11/01/01) - and urged UK Trade Secretary Stephen Byers to hold talks with the US boss of Vauxhall.

A petition has been signed by both local MPs and councillors urging the auto-maker to reverse its decision.

A mass rally in Luton - organised by unions - has been planned for Saturday (13/01/01), says the newspaper.

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