Jan 09, 2019
By Jane Brown
General Motors workers in Oshawa stopped production for about an hour Wednesday morning in protest against GM’s decision not to consider any union proposals to keep their plant open after this year.
Local union spokesperson Colin James told reporters this morning, unionized employees are devastated and disgusted by GM’s stance.
“Our members have done absolutely everything they’ve been asked, they’re quality is at the top, General Motors are making record profits,” James explained, “then we have General Motors telling workers there are 5000 good paying jobs in the area, but anyone who lives in Durham knows there aren’t 5000 good paying jobs out there.”
General Motors Canada spokesperson David Patterson says the automaker is not giving up on Canada.
“We also produce here and will continue to produce here after the Oshawa situation,” Patterson said, “We have a big plant in Ingersoll. It makes the Chevrolet Equinox. We’ll produce nearly the same amount of vehicles as we sell in Canada.”
General Motors received nearly $11-billion dollars of Canadian taxpayer dollars as a bailout in the 2009 recession.