General Motors says it was ‘surprised’ as workers at its Sao Jose dos Campos plant in Brazil went on strike Friday. According to Reuters, workers at the plant are pretesting plans to cut nearly 800 jobs in April.
The local metalworkers union voted for an indefinite strike at the facility located roughly 55 miles outside of Sao Paulo, bringing production there to a standstill. The move is the latest to affect Brazil’s struggling automotive industry, which cut seven percent of its workforce in 2014. Notably, GM has yet to make those its plans to furlough and layoff hundreds of staff official.
GM declined to comment on the job cuts, but a representative told Reuters the company “will take necessary legal measures” on the topic of the strike.