Workers at Oshawa’s GM plant hold work stoppage over closure
OSHAWA, ONT.—Unionized workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., staged a second work stoppage after the company confirmed it would not reconsider plans to close the facility.
Unifor said the protest Wednesday morning lasted close to two hours before it ended and followed about a five-hour sit-down at the plant the evening before.
The labour action came after union president Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tuesday to talk about proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant, but came away empty-handed.
The union has emphasized the wider economic impacts of the shutdown and released a study Wednesday putting some hard numbers to the claims.
“We’re looking at tens of thousands of jobs and a direct hit to the GDP,” Dias said in a statement. “Should GM proceed with plans to close Oshawa, the economic impact would be substantial, both in the short and long term.”
The economic analysis estimates the closure of the plant by the end of the year will result in 14,000 fewer jobs in Ontario and 10,000 fewer jobs outside the province by 2025, compared with keeping the assembly plant open.
Those would include 4,400 jobs at GM Oshawa and its parts suppliers in Ontario that would be lost in 2020 as well as lost direct and indirect opportunities from keeping the assembly plant open for an additional five years.
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