General Motors Co. has quietly begun laying off white-collar workers as it works to consolidate its global operations.
The numbers are small — a dozen here, a dozen there — but more are coming before the end of the year.
"GM is continually seeking ways to improve our operating performance and reduce complexity to deliver a world-class cost structure and profit margins," spokesman Jay Cooney told The Detroit News. "We are streamlining our business, looking for efficiencies and, to this extent, there could be some headcount reductions and it will be on a global basis."
The cuts are focused on engineering, product development and corporate operations at General Motors' headquarters in Detroit's Renaissance Center. But the company stressed that no mass layoffs are planned.
"In certain parts of the business, we'll be adding people with specific skill sets and leveraging the flexibility of our contract workers," Cooney said.
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20111207/AUTO01/112070327/GM-trims-salaried-workers#ixzz1fzeQlQJo
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