Two-hour strike at GM unit over layoffs plan

January 19, 2013 - 4:57:14 am

SAO PAULO: Nearly 4,000 workers staged a two-hour work stoppage at General Motors’ Brazilian unit yesterday as part of efforts to derail management plans to cut 1,500 jobs, the Metalworkers’ Union said.

The morning stoppage at the facility in Sao Jose dos Campos, 80km from Sao Paulo, came shortly before representatives of the US carmaker, the union and the labour and development ministry met in the city, a union spokesman said.

The union wants President Dilma Rousseff to stop the planned layoffs at a struggling production line at the complex, which has eight plants and employs 7,500 workers. Last August, GM and the union reached a deal to delay layoffs until January 26.

The workers scheduled another protest action for Wednesday and said they did not rule out another round of strikes if the talks failed.

“The union has proposals to save all the jobs and bring new investments. It is prepared to negotiate. But GM wants to proceed with the layoffs,” union president Antonio Ferreira de Barros said.