generalmotorsBDLive reports that General Motors SA (GMSA) has begun discussions with its workforce to reduce employment at its Struandale vehicle assembly plant in Port Elizabeth.  

The US-owned company confirmed on Monday that "a significant decline" in demand had forced it to cut back on planned production.  To minimise the effect on the company‚Äôs business and 1,800 employees, the company said it was working with stakeholders to consider all alternatives, with voluntary separations and early retirement preferred options.  A spokeswoman said GMSA had informed staff of its situation and asked the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to facilitate talks with staff and unions.  The talks come at the same time as the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is engaged in discussions on a new three-year industry agreement on wages and conditions.

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