GM warns Canadian union it could wind down striking SUV plant

Lloyd Doyle
October 12, 2017

Company laying off workers at other facilities due to strike. However, GM suggests that could change if Unifor doesn't throw in the towel soon.

Dias said the automaker told his union bluntly on Wednesday that Equinox production in Mexico is being ramped up and production at its CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont., would wind down if Unifor Local 88 continues its 25-day-old strike.

Job security at the plant is a key issue, with Unifor seeking to prevent work from being moved to Mexico, where GM also produces the popular sport utility vehicle. GM negotiators told Unifor they had a Plan B in place if the plant's workers didn't return to work.

"If they think they can declare war on Canada and we are going to sit back and let it happen, they are drastically fooling themselves".

"CAMI (the Ingersoll plant) is the poster child for what is wrong with North American Free Trade Agreement".

Dias says GM's threat during labour negotiations is a '"slap in the face" to Canada and the United States.

The strike by Unifor workers at GM's plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, is in its fourth week and shows no signs of ending.

"This is the ugly side of NAFTA, that people don't want to talk about".

"The issue is that Mexican autoworkers earn United States $2 per hour and the movement generates good middle-class jobs in Mexico", Dias explained during his recent participation in talks about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

"This is a callous and heartless attitude for General Motors to take toward a community that has worked so hard to build its top-selling vehicles", Dias said in a Thursday Unifor news release.

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