Cana­dian au­towork­ers threaten to go on strike

The Myanmar Times - - International Business -

CANA­DIAN au­towork­ers have voted to au­tho­rise a strike if contract talks with the big three US au­toman­u­fac­tur­ers do not lead to new in­vest­ments in Cana­dian assem­bly plants.

Uni­for, which rep­re­sents the 23,000 Cana­dian au­towork­ers who work for Ford, Fiat Chrysler and Gen­eral Mo­tors, set a Septem­ber 19 dead­line af­ter the near-unan­i­mous back­ing for a strike if the au­tomak­ers don’t meet their de­mands.

Cana­dian plants have steadily lost jobs to Mex­ico dur­ing the past 25 years, and un­less the ne­go­ti­a­tions pro­duce in­vest­ment com­mit­ments, the auto industry will con­tinue to contract, ac­cord­ing to Uni­for.

The union specif­i­cally wants guar­an­tees that GM will build new prod­ucts at the com­pany’s assem­bly plant in Oshawa, On­tario; a com­mit­ment from Ford to build a new en­gine at its mo­tor plant in Wind­sor, On­tario; and an in­vest­ment by Fiat Chrysler at its plant in Bramp­ton, On­tario.

The union be­lieves that new in­vest­ments by the three au­tomak­ers – all of which have heav­ily in­vested in new fac­to­ries in Mex­ico dur­ing the last decade and re­fur­bished plants in the United States – would also cre­ate hun­dreds of spinoff jobs that would bol­ster the Cana­dian econ­omy. –

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