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Help on the way for GM workers losing jobs

By The Nation

 

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Jak Punchoopet

 

Labour Minister MR Jatumongkol Sonakul has put his adviser Jak Punchoopet in charge of helping employees of General Motors’ Rayong manufacturing facility secure new jobs after the US automaker announced it will halt Chevrolet production here at the end of the year.

 

Two plants, run by General Motors (Thailand) and General Motors Powertrain (Thailand), employ 1,500 employees.

 

Great Wall Motors has committed to taking over the facilities but has no plans to hire the GM employees, Jak said.

 

Lay-offs are coming for workers in car assembly by the end of June, for those making spare parts in October and for support staff in December, he said.

 

GM and the ministry had discussed mitigation measures and agreed on staff support terms, including severance pay equal to four months’ salary.

The ministry will make sure they’re registered for unemployment benefits and will help them find new jobs, Jak said.

 

The ministry has ascertained with organisations in the Eastern Economic Corridor that there are already 15,132 jobs available in the automotive field.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382415

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-02-19

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Great Wall Motors has committed to taking over the facilities but has no plans to hire the GM employees

 

Don't understnd, they are buying the car plants but nobody to work in them so they are not going to produce any vehicles ?

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General Motors to lay off all 1,500 plant workers in Thailand following sale

By Panarat Thepgumpanat

 

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FILE PHOTO: A general view of the General Motors (GM) plant in the Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate in Rayong province, Thailand February 22, 2011. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom/File Photo

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - General Motors will begin laying off around 1,500 employees in Thailand in June, after announcing the sale of its production plants in the country, a government official said on Wednesday.

 

GM <GM.N> said on Monday it would sell its two plants in the eastern industrial province of Rayong to China's Great Wall Motor <601633.SS>. Its latest moves to retreat from Asia also included winding down its Australian and New Zealand operations.

 

Jak Punchoopet, adviser to the Minister of Labour, told Reuters all of the Rayong plants' employees would be laid off under the terms of GM's sale agreement with Great Wall.

 

"The agreement was only for the sale of the plants and didn't include the transfer of employees," he said.

 

"Their plan is to lay off 1,000 employees in the auto parts manufacturing line in June, and then around 300 to 400 in the assembly line in October," Jak said. The rest of the staff at the two plants would be let go toward the end of 2020, he said.

 

"Everything will be done by the end of the year."

 

GM will abide by Thai labor law and provide severance pay for the affected employees, Jak said, adding that the company will also grant an additional four-month bonus to all employees.

 

Great Wall Motor, one of China's biggest sport-utility vehicle makers, said it will sell cars from the Thai base as part of its plans to go global and tap the Southeast Asian automotive industry, for which Thailand is a hub.

 

GM did not respond to questions about the layoffs.

 

(Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Tom Hogue)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-02-19

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10 minutes ago, tifino said:

what's happening in Thailand; is just one segment a worldwide G.M. shut down of Right Hand Drive vehicle production

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General Motors scraps Holden division, exits right-hand drive markets

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/general-motors-holden-sales-design-engineering-end/

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7 minutes ago, Golden Triangle said:
12 minutes ago, tifino said:

what's happening in Thailand; is just one segment a worldwide G.M. shut down of Right Hand Drive vehicle production

I am well aware of that, I was referring to the wider situation where, in the past few months, quite a few Thai manufacturing facilities have closed unexpectedly.

  

 did any/all of those other closures bring about similar short notice/ severance pay / bonuses as the subject GM situation?

 

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Well no surpises there.... Makes me laugh those in another thread arguing the toss that Great Wall would be employing all the GM staff !!!

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30 minutes ago, tifino said:

 did any/all of those other closures bring about similar short notice/ severance pay / bonuses as the subject GM situation?

 

You're active on here and therefore read the news threads with regard to the above, you should know the answer and not need to be spoon fed links or other info.

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1 hour ago, tifino said:

no different to how they brought in their homeland dudes (as FiFos) for the Mines they grabbed NW Australia

Yeah FIFO is short for Fit In or <deleted> Off.Obviously the Thais won't "Fit In" so they will have to take the other option.

  • Haha 2

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