General Motors begins process to retrench nearly 600 employees

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

The company will be laying off 589 people, in line with Section 189 of the Amended Labour Relations Act, which deals with dismissals based on operational requirements.

“This number is not final and is subject to the consultation process with employees and their representative organisations. Therefore GM cannot provide any further details on this point until the consultation process has been completed,” General Motors said.

General Motors is based in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape and employees over 1 500 people in total under the Chevrolet, Isuzu and Opel brands.

The employees to be most affected are those at Chevrolet, which is totally pulling out of the country, while those working for Isuzu and Opel will remain, as the two brands will be sold off to different companies.

General Motors bosses are unable to speak publicly yet due to the various stakeholder engagements, due to the various stakeholder engagements they will be taking part in over the next few days.


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