GM plays Mexico wildcard in Canada

Unifor President Jerry Dias speaks to striking workers at GM's Ingersoll, Ontario, plant.

Meanwhile, Unifor members remain on strike at GM's CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., where the union is seeking to have the location designated the lead producer of the Chevrolet Equinox.

The workers at the plant, which produces the hot-selling Chevy Equinox, walked off the line more than four weeks ago and GM is beginning to feel the pinch. "They have declared war on Canada". As part of the talks, employees are demanding a commitment of new product for the plant so the threat of shifting the Equinox to Mexico is especially inflammatory.

Dias said Unifor won't back down about the CAMI plant and suggested the union could broaden its efforts to defend Unifor jobs throughout Ontario's auto sector.

In a Facebook post after the strike began, Dias observed that if you want to see what a NAFTA-caused race to the bottom looks like, go to Ingersoll, Ontario.

The union says talks have progressed in terms of contract language however job security and economic issues are continuing to tie up the talks.

"GM just told us today that they are going to ramp up production in Mexico", Unifor President Jerry Dias said by phone from Washington.

"This is a callous and heartless attitude for General Motors to take toward a community that has worked so hard to build its top-selling vehicles", Dias said in a Thursday Unifor news release.

He said General Motors is taking advantage of the low pay scales for Mexican workers at the expense of higher-paid workers in the United States and Canada, as permitted by the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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