The American automobile giant General Motors had issued a statement in the past month saying that it is terminating the operations at 5 of its factories that are located in Canada and the United States. It has been reported that the move has been made by the company so that it could focus upon the development of Electric vehicles. However the decision taken by the company met with severe criticism and now moving ahead over it, it has started issuing the notices regarding the layoffs at those factories in Canada and the United States.
The company has begun the process of notifying the local federal governments in the areas about its plans regarding the layoffs. The company says that there will be no portion of its production that will be allocated to those manufacturing facilities, which means that no vehicles or vehicles spares will be manufactured into those plants after the operations are terminated. According to the statement issued by the company, around 2.8K hourly employees will be affected because of the company’s move. The company has also said that, out of those total 2.8k employees, around 1.1k employees are ready for getting relocated to the places in which the company will need additional number of employees.
Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors has said in her statement that the main focus of the company is to provide the options of transitions to all those employees who are ready to get relocated to the other locations of the GM plants where there is a requirement. She also said that, the company is working in cooperation with the local government authorities, its worker unions, so as to plan out the opportunities for each individual in the other plant locations of the company.