• Aug 17th 2010 at 7:59AM
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A recent report out of Japan had Toyota preparing to cut domestic vehicle production by up to 20 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010. Why? Sales of hybrids and other fuel efficient vehicles are expected to drop following the expiration of tax incentives on those vehicles. Now comes word that Toyota has eliminated 600 jobs at its Japanese plants in preparation for the production slow down.

Toyota has not veered from its traditional policy of not laying off regular employees. The latest cuts are coming from the ranks of the temporary contract workers that it employs for terms of less than three years. At the end of its last fiscal year, Toyota had 2,400 contract workers in Japan. Contract employees are occasionally promoted to full-time status, but that seems rather unlikely in this case given the production cuts.

[Source: Japan Today]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Gasp! You mean Toyota has a workforce that is flexible to market demands? If this were Ford or GM these workers and the UAW would be picketing (whether they are contract or not) demanding to know why they don't have tenure.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am happy GM and Ford are here after being driven to the brink of oblivion by a totally inflexible work force and some really bad management decisions. Let's get one thing straight - they are not the ones supporting my job, we are the ones supporting theirs.

        Having to run every personnel decision by a union boss who could care less about how many cars the company is actually selling is a horrible way to run a business. This isn't the 1920s anymore, unions are antiquated shakedown organizations that have no place in the modern workplace.
        Brandon E. Depp
        • 5 Years Ago
        shut ur mouth scorch! you should be happy GM/Ford are even here after all they support your job....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope they provide counseling service. Don't want seppuku . . .
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