Report: GM may cut up to 5,000 white-collar jobs

General Motors is planning to cut another 5,000 white-collar jobs in order to show the government it can be viable in the long-term. Bloomberg said the GM’s plans to cut thousands salaried jobs is a part of the plan being submitted to Congress on Dec. 2.

According to GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson who spoke with Automotive News, the number that Bloomberg has is purely speculative. He said that the General does plan on cutting hourly and salaried jobs, but has not indicated by how much.

On Dec. 2 when GM met with Congress in a bid to get federal loans, the automaker said that it ended 2008 with 96,537 hourly and salaried employees. It said that it plans to reduce another 65,000 to 75,000 by 2012 or 7,000 to 10,000 a year.

GM will submit its viability plan to the government by Feb. 17.