Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will Lay-off 1,300 Workers at a Detroit Area Plant
On Wednesday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said, the company will lay off more than thousand workers at a Detroit area plant. The car maker plans to cut approximately 1,300 jobs and also trim production of its not- so- well selling Chrysler 200 midsize sedan which lost its market to the increasing demand for SUVs in the U. S markets.
Fiat told the workers and the United Auto Workers union, that it is reducing one shift of workers at the Sterling Heights plant from July 5. Added hundred and twenty jobs will be reduced at the Sterling stamping plant.
In a statement, UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell said, "While today's announcement of a shift reduction at Sterling Heights Assembly is unfortunate, it is not unexpected. FCA is not the only company experiencing a slow market for small cars."
The auto industry has been making great progress in the U. S and has noted five straight years of record sales. This marks the first of its kind of big U. S. job cuts by an auto manufacturer after 2009. Fiat added approximately
11,000 hourly workers in the United States since 2011. In the last six quarters the company has continuously reported monthly sales gains.
Round three months back, Sergio Marchionne FCA's CEO said the auto manufacturer plans to ultimately phase out production of its models Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Dart.