SACP denounces disinvesting General Motors acting in bad faith

This comes after the United States based group announced last week that it is withdrawing from the South African market, ceasing production and sales of Chevrolet models in the country by year end.

Following a meeting with Numsa on Monday, the vehicle manufactured told the union that around 600 workers will be retrenched by July.

"Investment in South Africa would not provide GM with strong returns and coming out of that was the opportunity to work with our long-standing partner Isuzu and it's great that they have made a decision to invest in South Africa", the Company's president and managing director, Ian Nicholls, explained. Isuzu will also be taking over the parts centre because it will be manufacturing trucks and commercial vehicles.

General Motors South Africa says it's officially begun the process of laying off almost 600 employees after its announcement last week that it is exiting South Africa.

"We are concerned that GM has already indicated that it might retrench workers..."

Numsa's Phakamile Hlubi says they believe the impact will be far worse. It's not yet clear how numerous 1,500 jobs at GM's plant Isuzu will keep, but many of those must be at risk, and more will go in GM's Gauteng corporate and sales headquarters, which employs a further 300 people. "By virtue of the fact that it acted unilaterally and refused to engage trade unions and government on its decision, our view is that this announcement is proof that it is attempting to pull the wool over our eyes", Jim said.

Following a meeting with Numsa on Monday, the auto manufacturer told the union that around 600 workers will be retrenched by July.

Jim said Numsa will drive a campaign to boycott GM products because of job losses.

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa), whose members are GM employees, has accused the company of not consulting it about the sale of the plant.

"As Numsa, we will drive a campaign to boycott their products in light of how they treated the citizens of this country".

  • Zachary Reyes