Work­ers at Oshawa’s GM plant hold work stop­page over clo­sure

StarMetro Toronto - - BIG OPINIONS -

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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