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Saturday January 4, 2014

GM to Layoff Over 1,000 in Brazil

GM to Layoff Over 1,000 in Brazil

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The Brazilian affiliate of U.S. automaker General Motors has confirmed the layoff of more than 1,000 employees from one of the multinational’s factories in Sao Jose dos Campos in Sao Paulo state, official sources said.

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

Employees who did not join the program were informed of their coming layoff during the last week of December, according to local media.

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

The plant, which manufactured the Classic model, ended production in August last year, Moan said.

According to the director, General Motors gave employees a paid leave of absence from August 2013 until Dec. 31 in compliance with the terms agreed upon with the union.

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

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