Unifor plans massive rally Friday in Windsor
Autoworkers are rallying across Ontario to protest the closing of Oshawa’s General Motors plant. Unifor, the national union representing autoworkers, is bringing members from across the province for a rally Friday in Windsor at Dieppe Gardens on the waterfront. “I am writing to you today with an urgent call-to-action. Our sisters and brothers at the GM Oshawa assembly plant, associated . . . facilities and dealerships across the province, and in the wider auto community, need your help,” Unifor president Jerry Dias said in an email to members. “Since GM announced its intention to end production at the Oshawa assembly plant, violating the 2016 collective agreement, your union has done everything within our power to reverse GM’s decision.”
General Motors is hosting a meeting for investors Friday and the gathering will be held at GM’s headquarters at the Renaissance Center In Detroit, visible from the Windsor waterfront where the rally will be held.
“GM’s big plan to line the pockets of investors also includes ramping up production in Mexico, exploiting low-paid workers there. This is the wrong direction for the company,” Dias said
“We call on GM to reverse their decision. If GM wants to sell here, it must build here.” The union has chartered buses that will arrive in Windsor at 11 a.m. and depart about 1 p.m. Buses will leave from Brampton, Kitchener, London, Oshawa and St. Catharines.
We call on GM to reverse their decision. If GM wants to sell here, it must build here.”
Unifor president Jerry Dias