A total of 315 Nissan South Africa employees have applied for the Rosslyn manufacturer’s early retirement and severance package.

A total of 315 Nissan South Africa employees have applied for the Rosslyn manufacturer’s early retirement and severance package.

CARtoday.com reported in December that Nissan SA had extended the deadline for the acceptance of the offer by the company’s older workers by one week after the initial response to the rejuvenation plan “had been inadequate”.

Speaking to at the weekend, Nissan SA’s senior vice-president of human resources, Henry Grimbeek, said that the programme had been put into effect and that the company had started recruiting and training new employees.

“It is a delicate and staggered process so it does not upset production,” he said. Grimbeek added that Nissan SA would spend R4,1 million on a social economic development initiative to assist employees who left the company.

According to the report, the initiative will be driven by Nissan SA in conjunction with non-governmental and small business development organisations, the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the metal engineering sector education training authority.

However, Numsa spokesman Dumisa Ntuli said the union was “worried that some car companies were making the rejuvenation of their workforce a strategy and policy.

“It is a matter that Numsa is taking very seriously and it will be discussed in March with a view to formulating a concrete strategy on how we can deal with it. Until now, we have not been able to find an alternative to rejuvenation strategies,” he added.

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