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

The Prince George Citizen - - Worklife -

OSHAWA, Ont. — Union­ized work­ers at the Gen­eral Mo­tors as­sem­bly plant in Oshawa, Ont., staged a sec­ond work stop­page on Tues­day af­ter the com­pany con­firmed it would not re­con­sider plans to close the fa­cil­ity that would lead to the loss of 3,000 jobs.

The union said Wed­nes­day morn­ing the protest lasted close to two hours and fol­lowed about a five-hour sit-down at the plant the evening be­fore.

Uni­for pres­i­dent Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tues­day to talk about union pro­pos­als to ex­tend the life of the On­tario plant, in­clud­ing ex­tend­ing the life of the Chevy Im­pala and Cadil­lac XTS pro­duced at the plant or shift­ing pro­duc­tion slated for Mex­ico to the plant.

GM said they were not eco­nom­i­cally vi­able. GM an­nounced in Novem­ber it would cut up to 14,000 work­ers in North Amer­ica and put five plants up for pos­si­ble clo­sure.

David Pater­son, vice-pres­i­dent of cor­po­rate af­fairs at GM Canada, said the union should in­stead work with the com­pany on tim­ing and tran­si­tion plans for the work­ers who are los­ing their jobs.

The com­pany said it has iden­ti­fied job op­por­tu­ni­ties, is will­ing to pay for re­train­ing and is open to ne­go­ti­a­tions on pack­ages for work­ers on top of what is al­ready in­cluded in their con­tracts.

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