Uni­for plans mas­sive rally Fri­day in Wind­sor

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - LOCAL NEWS - NORMAN DE BONO - The Lon­don Free Press

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.

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