GM Fires 2,678 Employees By Text After Venezuelan Plant Seizure

Shortly after a Venezuelan court ordered the seizure of General Motors’ local facility, it has emerged that 2,678 employees have lost their jobs and were informed via text.

Autoblog reports that two ex-employees at the Valencia plant received text messages over the weekend informing them that they were no longer employed by General Motors and that their bank accounts had receive severance pay.

Prior to the court order, GM was dismantling the plant having not built a vehicle there since the start of 2016 because of a shortage of parts and currency controls enforced by the Venezuelan government.

Despite once being the fourth larger producer of vehicles in Latin America, the country’s industry has collapsed in recent years and in 2016, just eight automobiles were being built there per day.

General Motors claims that the seizure of the plant is illegal but the leftist government doesn’t want GM to abandon the country.

Speaking to the press, labor minister Frencisco Torrealba said “To the current General Motors president of Venezuela, Jose Cavaileri: You come here, show your face and share with us the options to restore normality.”

GM hasn’t revealed any details about the layoffs or the amount of severance pay employees received but according to union leaders, it wasn’t enough.


  • Jay

    I mean at least they didn’t have to come in to work just to find out they were fired.. A phone call would’ve probably been better though. A letter would’ve taken too long and an email would’ve worked too.

  • Benjamin B.

    What could GM have done? It’s Venezuela. The Chavez party has destroyed the state.

    • flyfish

      Exactly, the only news here is that it took 16 months for GM to fire everyone. They should have done it back in Jan 2016. I can only guess they were trying to make it work?

  • Shane

    Shouldn’t they be thankful they got any kind of severance? It’s not like they broke contract and moved production elsewhere. I’m sure that place is full of cheap labor.

    • Benjamin B.

      Venezuela is very socialized. Its economy is pretty central much like China sans money.

      • gary4205

        It’s a totalitarian communist state. People are starving to death. You can get basic necessities, at any price.

        People literally have to sneak in food, toilet paper, and even tampons from neighboring states!

        Meanwhile, el Jeffe lives like a king.

        Nothing on earth more evil than socialism.

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