Bose cuts over 100 area jobs
SAN LUIS, RIO COLORADO, Son. – Although Bose has not yet confirmed the reduction of its personnel, employees who were dismissed during the course of recent weeks have said that more than 100 people were let go.
They included temporary workers, employees with several years of service, workers with contracts without expiration dates, their production area and other staff. The company reportedly is preparing a strategy for saving costs and will resort to recruiting outsourcing services.
San Luis Rio Colorado Mayor Ruben Espino Santana stated that Bose is not leaving the city and that the layoffs and the firings that took place are just adjustments in response to the economic crisis.
"The crisis that is beyond our control will generate moves in companies. Those taken so far are the least harmful because they are laying people off, which compared to firing staff is far less damaging," added the mayor.
To respond to the possibility of massive layoffs in 2009, Espino Santana stated that the municipal government will be visiting the city businesses to offer support at this time of crisis in order for them not to close their doors.
He also said that workers who were dismissed from Bose may find work in January with the start of T-MEX operations, a company that continues to have a firm footing in the city.
Meanwhile, former Bose employees have been visiting the Oficina del Servicio Nacional del Empleo (SNE) national employment service office for help from the Formal Employment Program at the federal agency, but all assistance allocated for 2008 has just been exhausted.
Judith Mendoza Puebla, coordinator of the SNE in the city, reported that the unit became aware of the dismissals through the former workers who applied for aid.
SNE has not received an official statement about the addition of more San Luis residents to the unemployment rolls either from Bose, nor from the federal government, since the company itself has been very zealous handling their information, Puebla said. Bose has been doing gradual layoffs and dismissing its workers for some time, Puebla added.