Union fears made public on February 5 have come true with the news that General Motors, citing slumping sales of ageing big saloon car and small truck models, will permanently lay off 2,850 workers at two US plants. The cutbacks are effective from April 15 and will lead to the elimination of one of two shifts and 1,750 workers at Orion Township, Michigan and 1,100 workers at a Linden, New Jersey truck factory, said the Detroit News, which carried the rumour-fueled original story.