UK unions threaten legal action against GM

LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - British trade union leaders are threatening legal action against General Motors (NYSE:GM - news) over its plans to end car assembly at its Luton plant north of London, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

Unions representing more than 8,000 workers at Vauxhall, GM's British subsidiary, had taken advice on whether the plans breached a 1998 wage agreement, the newspaper said.

It said they hoped to raise the issue at a meeting with GM's chief executive Rick Wagoner.

GM has arranged a meeting next month between union officials and Mike Burns, president of GM's European arm, but union leaders want to take their case to Wagoner.

The FT quoted GM as saying its European strategy board had fully endorsed plans to shed more than 2,200 jobs by ending car production at the plant.

In all, the carmaker is shedding 5,000 jobs across Europe and reducing production capacity by 400,000 cars.