A report in the UK daily newspaper The Guardian says that Opel/Vauxhall bidder Magna would cut almost 1,200 Vauxhall jobs in Britain, including 830 at the Ellesmere Port plant (which currently employs 2,200) on Merseyside.


The newspaper cited a leaked internal document published in Austrian magazine, Format.


The leaked document reportedly says that 354 jobs will have to go at Vauxhall’s Luton plant. The 1,184 cuts in the UK are part of a wider 10,560 redundancies planned across the European operations of GM.


The newspaper noted that Magna pledged at the weekend to keep both the Luton and Ellesmere Port factories open until at least 2013 and said it remained committed to British car manufacturing.


Details released in the Austrian Format magazine suggest that GM’s Antwerp plant in Belgium would definitely be shut from March, 2010 and that previous estimates that a fifth of the 50,000 European staff would be made redundant in the years to 2014 were slightly low.