General Motors (GM) will start sacking nearly 1,500 staff in Thailand in June, after declaring the sale of its manufacturing plants in the nation, a government official stated Wednesday.
GM stated Monday it would sell its two factories in the eastern industrial region of Rayong to China’s Great Wall Motor. Its newest steps to retreat from Asia further included shutting down its Australian and New Zealand activities.
Jak Punchoopet, a consultant to the Minister of Labor, said all the Rayong plants’ staff could be sacked under the terms of GM’s sale settlement with Great Wall.
“They are planning to sack 1,000 employees in the auto elements manufacturing line in June, and then around 300 to 400 in the assembly line in October,” Jak stated. The remainder of the workers at the two facilities could be let go toward the end of 2020.
GM will compel with Thai labor law and provide severance pay for the affected workers, Jak stated, including that the corporate will also grant an additional four-month bonus to all employees.
Great Wall Motor, certainly one of China’s largest sport-utility vehicle manufacturers, stated it should sell vehicles from the Thai base as part of its plans to go global and tap the Southeast Asian automotive sector.