Following the announcement General Motors will cut 600 jobs from the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Unifor’s president is announcing his support to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“I disagree (with) Trump on so many things but one thing I do agree with him on is that NAFTA has been a disaster for American and Canadian workers,” Jerry Dias, president of Canadian union Unifor, told The Detroit News. “It’s clear. I am anxious to renegotiate NAFTA … and this is just another example.”
The layoffs will take place when the outgoing Equinox ends production at the CAMI facility in July. GM stated the layoffs are not due to the 2018 GMC Terrain being produced in Mexico. The current Terrain is also produced at the CAMI facility. Dias disagrees, however.
“The announcement is as a result of both,” Dias said, adding the company plans to cut 90,000 units out of CAMI between the Equinox and Terrain. “If they weren’t moving the Terrain to Mexico then we wouldn’t be having this problem.”
GM had already confirmed the production shifts, but the layoffs were unexpected. The CAMI plant was not part of union contract negotiations this past summer.
UAW leaders have also supported calls to dismantle NAFTA, agreeing with President Trump on the matter.