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UK union seeks guarantees on manufacturing following Peugeot-Fiat merger

Britain’s biggest union is looking forward to guarantees on the long-term future of Peugeot’s plants located in Britain following the French automaker’s binding of a deal on Wednesday with Fiat Chrysler to form the world’s fourth-biggest carmaker.

Peugeot runs a car factory located in northern England where it constructs the Opel/Vauxhall Astra.

In June, the automaker issued an ultimatum stated the decision to form the next generation of the vehicle at the site “was conditional on the final terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union.”

The Unite union stated on Wednesday it was looking forward to an urgent meeting with bosses.

“Unite will … be seeking guarantees about new investment to ensure that the company’s UK factories are able to keep building high quality cars and vans to meet the challenges of the transition to electric vehicles,” stated national officer Des Quinn.

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