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General Motors, which has decided to stop selling vehicles in the Indian market from year-end, has given its employees less than a month to opt for a voluntary separation scheme (VSS) as it starts winding down operations in the country.
According to the internal communication accessed by PTI, the company offered compensation of "45 days salary for every year of completed year of service or part thereof in excess of six months" in normal cases.
The minimum compensation payable eligible shall be three months salary, it added.
Kazem had, however, stated at the time of announcing the company's decision to exit from domestic operations that only half of 400 affected employees "are expected to move on by the end of 2017".
When contacted, a GM India spokesperson said: "GM understands this is a difficult decision that impacts a number of our hard-working and professional employees, and we are providing counselling, financial advice and outplacement support, as well as a separation package in excess of the statutory requirements."
In case of Halol plant, where the company has ceased production since April this year, GM India had come out with a fresh voluntary retirement scheme last month for a short period citing request from workers.
The company had reportedly increased VRS offer to workers at the plant to 100 days of salary per year of work from an earlier 40 days of every year of completed service.
Already, dealers of GM India are gearing up to drag the auto major to court while also exploring the possibility of a class action suit in the US over inadequate compensation.
A majority of 96 dealers, which operate around 140 showrooms across India, are unhappy with the company's offer of just around 12 per cent of total investments they have made as compensation.
Moreover, they also said there would be job losses of around 9,500 due to the closure of showrooms and service outlets.
In 2015, the company had announced to invest $1 billion (Rs 6,400 crore) in India to enhance manufacturing operations and roll out 10 locally produced models in the country over the next five years.
In January this year, the American firm put on hold its investments on new models for the country as it undertook a full review of its future product portfolio in India.