Numsa demands full disclosure of GM deal with Isuzu

Jane Richards
May 24, 2017

When the initial announcement was made, NUMSA said in a statement: "As a trade union we are surprised that GM chose to convey this announcement in this way".

Numsa acting national spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi said that the management of General Motors had met with the union on Monday, when it was confirmed that it was winding down manufacturing operations locally.

It's understood the move was a global decision and Isuzu will be taking over at least half of its production.

General Motors, which has been manufacturing vehicles in South Africa since 1926, has chose to cease production and sale of its vehicles in the country by the end of 2017 in order to focus on more profitable markets including the United States and China.

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

General Motors president and managing director, Ian Nicholls meanwhile indicated last week, that they won't be commenting on the process until it is complete. By shutting down operations in South Africa, this will have a major impact not just on GM plants but for companies along the value chain as well. "Numsa is concerned about the impact these job losses will have on workers and their families". We have a crisis with over 35 percent of the labour force being unemployed.

The general meeting in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, would be addressed by Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim, as well as the the union's national treasurer Mphumzi Maqungo. The union had invited all members working at GM in Port Elizabeth to attend a general meeting on Tuesday (23 May).

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