• No Retrenchments At Proton, Workforce Set To Increase

    Reporter: Azmin Ramlie
    Published: Saturday, 11 November 2017
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    Proton says that there will be no downsizing of its workforce following its tie-up with Geely, theSundaily reports. The automaker is set to retain its entire workforce of 9,600 personnel, deputy international trade and industry minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

    He said that the new Proton management has decided not to retrench any employees. “The government can give an assurance that none of the 9,600 employees of Proton would be retrenched,” he said in response to a question about management and employment risk following the strategic partnership.

    “The entire Proton workforce will be well utilised efficiently to ensure Proton achieves short-term and long-term goals,” he said. He explained that the company’s internal transformation plan will be implemented through a cross-functional team programme.

    Ahmad Maslan said that Proton staff will also be given opportunities to join human capital development programmes organised by Geely at its various design R&D centres across the globe, including China, Sweden and the United States.

    He added that the carmaker aims to expand its workforce to 20,000 in the next 10 years, and sales are also expected to climb to 500,000 units per year within the next decade.

    The increased volume will benefit more than 230 of Proton’s vendors, Ahmad Maslan said. He added that the number of vendors is also set to increase. “Geely also aims to increase the number of Proton vendors and enhance their capacity in their quest to produce better quality products,” he said.


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