GeneralMotorseNCA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Wednesday that it was demanding full disclosure on General Motors’ (GM’s) deal with Isuzu.  

This came after the Numsa officials met with GM employees on Tuesday in Port Elizabeth to discuss details of the company’s decision to disinvest from SA.  Last week, GM announced that it was disinvesting and that it had sold its local operations to Isuzu.  As a result, production and sales of all Chevrolet models would cease, and Isuzu would take over the firm’s operations.  Since that announcement, GM has filed a notice to retrench about 600 workers out of 1,500 workforce.  Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said in a statement that they were “disgusted” by the manner in which GM had conducted itself.  He claimed that the number of workers likely to be retrenched would be much higher, especially because thousands of workers in related industries would be affected.  "Once GM has disclosed fully the terms of the agreement we may be in a position to put forward alternatives to mitigate against further job losses,” Jim indicated.

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