SAO PAULO, Brazil -- General Motors on Wednesday said it would stop production at its 8,000-man Brazilian plant in Sao Caetano do Sul for 10 days from June 23 to bring production in line with demand in the market.
The president of the local metalworkers union said up to 6,000 workers at the plant, which produces the Astra, Vectra, and Corsa models, could be affected by the stoppage. It was the first such stoppage this year, he said.
"We have already been working a four-day week since the start of May and now the company has decided to call collective holidays because there is no demand," union chief Aparecido Inacio da Silva said.
Brazilian car production and sales have fallen in recent months as Latin America's economy stagnated under the pressure of sky-high interest rates and a global economic slump. Analysts expect April sales and output figures due on Thursday to show further declines.
GM declined to say how many workers would be involved in the stoppage which runs until July 2 or what production would be lost. The union leader said the plant in Sao Caetano do Sul, a satellite city of Sao Paulo, produced 608 vehicles per day.