New York: Auto maker General Motors has said that around 7,500 employees have decided to leave the company as part of the attrition programme.
“... approximately 7,500 of its UAW (United Auto Workers) union-represented employees have decided to take advantage of the company’s attrition programme,” GM said in a statement on Thursday.
The car maker, which has been severely hit by the global financial meltdown, has already received billions of dollars from the US Federal government.
Most of the employees participating in the programme would leave the firm by 1 April.
GM noted that last year, about 19,000 hourly employees left the company through a special attrition programme. The number stood at around 34,000 hourly employees in 2006.
The latest announcement brings the total hourly reduction to over 60,500, the company noted.
“These employees have many years of dedicated service to General Motors and I’d like to personally thank them for all they have done for the company,” said Gary Cowger, group vice president global manufacturing and labor relations.
GM noted that it would fill job openings with current employees whenever possible. In facilities, where new employees are needed, the company would hire individuals at the entry-level wage and benefit structure, it added.