Sunday, January 5, 2014

Brazil: General Motors Confirms That 1,053 Employees at São José dos Campos to be Laid Off

According to The Latin American Tribune, The Brazilian affiliate of US automaker, General Motors, has confirmed the layoff of more than 1,053 employees from one of the multinational’s factories in São José dos Campos in Sao Paulo state.

The decision will affect 1,053 workers, a number that includes employees who had already joined the Voluntary Resignation Program (PDV) last year, the director of international affairs at General Motors, Luiz Moan, told reporters, without giving the exact number of employees that are participating in the PDV.

“There’s is not the slightest chance of reversing the situation,” the director of international affairs said after meeting with Finance Minister Guido Mantega.

COMMENT: According to Luiz Moan, GM gave employees a paid leave of absence from August 2013 until December 31 in compliance with the terms agreed upon with the union.

The accord with the Metalworkers’ Union of São José dos Campos was signed in January 2013, when the company told the union and the Labor Ministry that the manufacture of passenger vehicles would end by December 2013.

It is unknown as to the why the decision was made to lay off the 1,000+ workers at the GM plant at São José dos Campos.