VIDEO: Work Has Resumed at GM Oshawa Plant Following Protest
Workers at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Oshawa are back on the job.
Just after 7:30am Wednesday, the workers stopped the line for the second time in less than 24 hours since GM rejected union proposals to keep the plant open beyond this year.
The sit-down protest lasted until around 9:30am Wednesday morning. It followed a a five hour protest on Tuesday.
The buzzers are sounding in the Oshawa Assembly Plant tonight because the line is down. Workers are protesting @GM and it’s betrayal of Canadian workers and consumers after it rejected Unifor’s proposed solutions to #SaveOshawaGM today. #canlab pic.twitter.com/m07KVqCdCe— Unifor Canada (@UniforTheUnion) January 9, 2019
The protest came after 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 economic.
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 over 2,500 affected jobs.