Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has announced that more than 6,000 U.S. hourly workers have left the company under a special attrition program, most of them on August 1, 2009.

“We are pleased with the number of eligible employees who participated in the attrition program,” said Diana Tremblay, vice-president of labour relations. “One of the very tough, but necessary actions to position the company for long-term viability and success is to reduce our total U.S. workforce, both hourly and salaried employees.”

Of the 6,000 who opted for the program, approximately 40 per cent were skilled trade employees, while 35 per cent were buy-outs.

Since 2006, approximately 66,000 U.S. hourly workers have left the company under special attrition programs.

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