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GeneralMotorsCity Press reports that according to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), the effect of the pull-out by General Motors SA (GMSA) from South Africa was much more devastating than earlier expected, with close to a thousand workers affected.  

Numsa carried out a study in the Eastern Cape, where GMSA has had its biggest operations, to find out how workers would be affected.  Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi advised:  “We can confirm that 550 workers have been retrenched from GM since July.  A few retrenchments will be finalised by December, but the majority of workers have already been removed from the production line and are no longer working.  The actual impact is far higher because there are job losses along the value chain as well, so in fact the impact of GM’s decision to disinvest had a far greater impact than on the 550 workers at the plant who were laid off.”  Of those which directly or indirectly did business with GMSA, about 961 workers have already been retrenched.  This figure is expected to increase as GMSA winds up business at the end of December.

  • Read this report by Max Matavire in full at Fin24

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