GM Job Cuts in Oshawa Sign of Disrespect: CLC Says Governments Must
Work to Reverse Decision
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/19/12 -- The President of the
Canadian Labour Congress says an announcement by General Motors that
it will shut down part of its production in Oshawa shows disrespect
for Canada, Ontario and the local community.
"General Motors owes Canada more than this," says Ken Georgetti. "The
company made this announcement with no warning just as workers and
their families are getting ready for the holidays. This is a sign of
GM announced without warning that it will cease production of the
Camaro sports car in Oshawa in 2016. The Canadian Auto Workers union
estimates that at least 1,000 jobs of the existing 2,200 Camaro
production jobs could be lost when production in Oshawa ceases in
2016. The union predicts that thousands of other jobs could be lost
among companies that provide parts and services to support
"The Canadian and Ontario governments bailed out General Motors to
the tune of $10.6 billion when they were in deep trouble in 2009,"
says Georgetti. "I am calling on those governments to demand General
Motors reverse this decision or to have these jobs replaced with
other production. There is still time between now and 2016 to turn
Georgetti says that GM plants in Oshawa once employed 23,000 workers
but now they employ only 4,000 workers. "Canada used to have a $15
billion automotive trade surplus but now we have a deficit of almost
$16 billion. Our governments must come up with a national auto policy
that preserves Canada's fair share of jobs in the auto industry.
These are good, family supporting jobs and they are important to the
The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour
movement, represents 3.3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings
together Canada's national and international unions along with the
provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district
labour councils. Web site: www.canadianlabour.ca Follow us on Twitter
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