The clock is ticking on the General Motors Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant. Many Canadian locals are fearing the worst as GM continues to keep quiet on future plans for the manufacturing facility.
GM Canada announced up to 1,000 new engineering positions heading to the region, but executives repeatedly made it clear it would not affect local manufacturing. Following this disappointment, and ahead of labor talks, Oshawa workers have launched a support initiative to get the community involved, according to The Toronto Sun.
“It’s really important that people understand that General Motors has already made plans for investment in Mexico in 2018,” said Colin James, president of Unifor, Local 222.
“Yet it’s ironic that they cannot tell us what are their plans for 2016 for the facility in Oshawa.”
Oshawa employees are using the #GMOshawaMatters hashtag, emphasizing the manufacturing jobs mean more than merely engineering positions.
“We want to continue to have cars developed here and designed here,” Oshawa NDP MPP Jennifer French said. “That’s great, but who’s going to build them?”
Labor talks will begin later this summer, and we should know more about the future of GM’s Canadian manufacturing then.