The lay-offs come days after parent company General Motors (GM) said it was to cut 12,000 jobs at its loss-making European division.
GM's European operations also include Opel, which this week has been hit by a strike at one of its sites in Germany.
A Vauxhall spokesman said the firm's losses in the UK had more than doubled from £51m in 2002 to £115m last year, despite the success of the Astra car and the Vivaro van.
"In terms of manufacturing we are in a strong position, but we are in a loss making business, and we need to work hard to address profitability," he said.
Today Vauxhall workers will join a day of action across Europe, aimed at campaigning against plant closures or compulsory redundancies at GM European operation.
But Detroit-based GM, the world's largest car manufacturer, is determined to cut costs at its European division by €500m (£347m) in an effort to reverse four years of losses.