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01/09/2019 10:04 EST | Updated 01/09/2019 11:31 EST

GM's Oshawa Plant Hit By Work Stoppage As Union Protests Planned Shutdown

Unifor says it has walked away empty-handed from meetings with management.

The General Motors car assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., Nov. 26, 2018. Unionized workers at the plant are holding another sit-down protest over the planned closure of the facility.
The General Motors car assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., Nov. 26, 2018. Unionized workers at the plant are holding another sit-down protest over the planned closure of the facility.

OSHAWA, Ont. — Unionized workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., are holding another sit-down protest over the planned closure of the facility.

The union confirmed the work stoppage this morning following an earlier protest on Tuesday.

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Unifor president Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tuesday to talk about proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant, but came away empty-handed.

The company has said the options suggested by the union, including extending the life of the Chevy Impala and Cadillac XTS produced at the plant or shifting production slated for Mexico to the plant, are not economically viable.

Earlier on HuffPost Canada:


David Paterson, vice-president of corporate affairs at GM Canada, says the union should instead work with the company on timing and transition plans for the approximately 3,000 workers who are losing their jobs.

GM 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 contracts.

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