Min­is­ter to meet GM CEO on Oshawa plant clo­sure

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local -

OTTAWA — Canada’s in­dus­try min­is­ter will meet with Gen­eral Mo­tors CEO Mary Barra on Mon­day to urge her to find a so­lu­tion for the auto gi­ant’s soon-to-beshut­tered plant in Oshawa. Ont.

A spokes­woman for Navdeep Bains says he will sit down with Barra at the In­ter­na­tional Auto Show in Detroit.

Dani Keenan says he in­tends to dis­cuss any pos­si­ble op­tions for keep­ing the fac­tory open.

Their meet­ing comes af­ter GM’s an­nounce­ment last fall that it plans to close the fac­tory at the end of this year — a move that will put more than 2,500 em­ploy­ees out of work.

At the time of the an­nounce­ment, provin­cial and fed­eral lead­ers alike con­ceded the fu­til­ity of try­ing to per­suade the au­tomaker to keep its Oshawa plant run­ning be­yond the end of 2019.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau said he told Barra that he was deeply disappointed about the clo­sure and in­sisted his gov­ern­ment would do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to help laid-off auto em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies.

Mean­while au­towork­ers from across On­tario vowed Fri­day to keep fight­ing Gen­eral Mo­tors’ clo­sure plan as the com­pany an­nounced an im­prove­ment to its fi­nan­cial fore­cast for the year ahead.

Mem­bers of Uni­for, the union rep­re­sent­ing the bulk of the 2,600 work­ers af­fected by the com­pany’s plans to close its plant in Oshawa gath­ered in Windsor, Ont., to voice their on­go­ing op­po­si­tion to the move.

The union brought mem­bers in by bus from On­tario com­mu­ni­ties sev­eral hours away, in­clud­ing Oshawa, Kitch­ener and Bramp­ton. They gath­ered at GM’s Windsor head­quar­ters to hold a rally dur­ing an in­vestor’s meet­ing that was tak­ing place in nearby Detroit, where the com­pany an­nounced its rosier fi­nan­cial prospects.

“We’re not a happy group here in Canada, and we’re damn well pre­pared to show you how mad we re­ally are,” Uni­for pres­i­dent Jerry Dias said at the rally.

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