According to the Sao José dos Campos Metal Workers Union, the strike will continue for an indefinite period of time and the only condition for returning to work is to cancel all layoffs.
GM is laying off workers at Sao Jose dos Campos and two other plants in Brazil
The workers are demanding that the company stabilize and preserve jobs. The decision to stop was made on Sunday (22) and was confirmed at a meeting starting at 5:30 am on Monday (23).
In São José dos Campos, where the company produces the S-10 and Trailblazer models, there are about four thousand employees, of whom 1.2 thousand were already on layoff – a temporary suspension of employment contracts.
In São Caetano, where the Spin, Tracker and Montana models are manufactured, more than 7,000 workers work. The Mogi das Cruzes unit has about 500 workers and produces assembly parts for the S10.
The cuts were announced by General Motors on Saturday (21). The number of workers affected by this measure was not reported by the automaker.
In a note to G1, the automaker said the cuts were driven by “decreased sales and exports.” He also says he understands “the impact this decision could have on people’s lives, but adaptation is necessary” – See in full below.
This measure surprised workers and unions. According to metalworkers’ unions in São José dos Campos and São Caetano, there have been no negotiations on cuts. In Muji, the automaker presented a voluntary separation plan two months ago, but the proposal was not approved by the class.
In a statement, the Sao Jose dos Campos union demanded that the dismissals be annulled and that the workers be returned to their jobs. He stated that there was a stability agreement “that was breached in this arbitrary action by the company.”
GM will lay off employees on Monday
What GM says
Required by g1GM confirmed the strike at the three units and asserted that the layoffs were due to a decline in sales and exports. Check out the GM note in full:
“The indefinite strike proposal was approved by employees, on Monday, October 23, at rallies held by the metalworkers unions of São Caetano do Sul, São José dos Campos and Mogi das Cruzes.
We emphasize once again that the decline in sales and exports prompted GM to adapt its workforce at plants in São Caetano do Sul, São José dos Campos and Mogi das Cruzes. This action was taken after several attempts to meet the needs of each plant, such as layoffs, mass leave and holidays, and proposing a voluntary separation program. We understand the impact this decision could have on people’s lives, but adaptation is necessary and will allow the company to maintain the resilience of its operations, ensuring sustainability into the future.
“General Motors confirms that employee safety is our priority.”
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