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GM workers in Oshawa walk out in protest of plant closure

26 November 2018, 11:04 | Kelvin Horton

TV report: General Motors plans to close Canadian assembly plant

GM Oshawa

He said his wife also works at the GM facility and the pair have an 11-month-old at home.

Dozens of workers were seen walking out of the Oshawa Assembly Plant on Monday morning, with some saying they were very unhappy with news of the planned closure.

"Unifor is scheduled to hold a discussion with General Motors tomorrow and will provide further comment following the meeting".

"If GM Canada is indeed turning its back on 100 years of industry and community - abandoning workers and families in Oshawa - then this is a callous decision that must be fought", she said in a statement.

Among the possibilities on the chopping block are the Detroit/Hamtramck assembly plant, which makes the Buick LaCrosse, the Chevrolet Impala and Volt, and the Cadillac CT6, all slow-selling cars. Production began on November 7, 1953.

"My entire family has worked at General Motors", outgoing Oshawa Mayor John Henry told CTV.

"It's going to affect the province, it's going to affect the region ..."

Premier Doug Ford, who recently unveiled an "Ontario - Open For Business" sign along the US border at Sarnia, said the GM announcement is "devastating" for GM workers and auto parts suppliers.

Unifor national president Jerry Dias said in April that the Oshawa complex was headed for closure in June of this year.

Just a short while later, Valley lawmakers and state officials began reacting to the news that at least temporarily GM Lordstown will close its doors. Unifor does not accept the closure of the plant as a foregone conclusion.

At the time of the transfer, Dias said Carlisle's appointment to head Cadillac would raise his profile and influence within GM's headquarters in Detroit, and that "would be a huge benefit for us".

The restructuring announcement also comes after Canada and the USA reached the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, after months of strained negotiations. US sales of the Impala were down 13 percent through September.

At Queen's Park, NDP MPP Jennifer French, representing Oshawa, expressed grave concern about the news.

Reports about GM's plan to close the Oshawa plant in Ontario have proven to be true.

He said that his party will call for an emergency debate in the House of Commons "to press the Liberals for a plan on how they will respond to the thousands of people out of work and how they will protect remaining manufacturing jobs in Ontario", he said in a statement.

"My heart goes out to all those affected by this devastating decision".

But both federal and provincial governments are signalling there's little they can do now to save a key component of the company's Canadian operations as executives pursue a global shakeup in response to slumping auto sales.

Many netizens were infuriated by the report, which has yet to be confirmed.

The loan also appears to be attributed to a bankrupt version of the firm that was split off from a viable version of GM that year.

The Premier said one of the ways the government plans to help the workers is through job sharing, as well as asking the federal government to make some changes in the way Employment Insurance (EI) can be collected.

"But what is absolutely clear is that giving large corporations taxpayer bailouts is not the solution", he told CBC News in an email.

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