VIDEO: Nemak Wants Labour Relations Board to Stop Blockade


Nemak is turning to the Ontario Labour Relations Board to stop a blockade in Windsor by Unifor.

Workers walked off the job Monday morning and are not allowing anything in or out of the plant until the company reverses its decision to shut down.

The aluminum casting plant is scheduled to close in mid 2020, putting 270 people out of work but the contract signed between the company and union indicated the plant would remain open until 2022.

The decision to close the plant was based on GM in China deciding to in source its engine block.

In a statement released by the company, Nemak says it is disappointed that Unifor has decided to organize an illegal stoppage of its operations and "will pursue an application with the OLRB."

It says Nemak is in favour of re-establishing a constructive dialog with its employees and their respresentatives.

Since 2015, Nemak had received $4.5 million from the provincial and federal governments to support the company's production in Windsor.