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March 28, 2010

General Motors rehires hundreds of workers

AUTOMOTIVE/CANADA - Recovery is fully on the way for General Motors which has begun rehiring staff it laid off work in 2008 and 2009 in the wake of the American recession. That is good news for 600 autoworkers in Oshawa Ontario where GM has added a third shift.

Demand for GM's Chevrolet Equinox is up, sparking the need for more workers building them. If market demands remains steady those jobs are expected to remain secure for the time being.

General Motors is recovering from a massive restructuring including billions of dollars in public buyout (GM is now partly owned by the US and Canadian governments).

Kevin Williams, GM Canada's new president, says the company expects to eventually recall all laid-off production employees at the Oshawa complex, which had experienced a major downsizing and job losses in the last few years, including the closure of an award-winning truck plant.

The plant will start producing the new Buick Regal early in 2011, calling for additional people to be rehired.

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