The Canadian Press has learned that General Motors Canada will announce today that it is closing the Oshawa assembly plant. Unifor, which represents more than 2,500 workers at the Oshawa plant, says it doesn’t have all the details of today’s announcement, but it’s been informed that no product has been allocated to the plant after December 2019. A source familiar with the situation says the closure is part of a shift in GM’s global production, adding that GM’s plants in St. Catharines and Ingersoll will not be affected. In 2009 the federal and provincial governments invested billions of dollars in G-M and Chrysler to keep them afloat.
There was no comment from GM Canada last night, but Oshawa Mayor John Henry warned closing the plant would have ripple effects across Ontario and beyond. Jennifer French, who represents Oshawa at Queen’s Park, calls the reports “gravely concerning,” and says “If GM Canada is indeed turning its back on 100 years of industry and community… then this is a callous decision that must be fought.” She also tweeted, “GM didn’t build Oshawa. Oshawa built GM.”
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Photo Credit: Jerry Dias / Unifor via Twitter
#Unifor does not accept the @GMcanada announcement that no product has been allotted to #Oshawa past December 2019. We will fight for @UniforLocal222 members to keep these good paying jobs at Oshawa Assembly Plant. #canlab https://t.co/RrKOZme6IT pic.twitter.com/7ZySAvxOt6
— Jerry Dias (@JerryPDias) November 26, 2018