VIDEO: Windsor Judge Orders Nemak Employees Back to Work
A Windsor judge has ordered Unifor members to comply with a cease and desist by the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
Justice Terry Patterson made the ruling late Thursday afternoon at Superior Court and described the material filed by Nemak as "complete and excellent."
Unifor Local 200 along with other area unions have been barricading the site in west-Windsor since Monday, but according to the ruling, must end the protest immediately.
Local president John D'Agnolo says the union will continue with the protest despite the judge's ruling.
"This cause is about the workers here at Nemak and their livelihoods are on the line," he says. "I believe that we should continue to protest this fact and that's what I'll continue to do."
D'Agnolo says the blockade will remain peaceful.
"I've maintained that this is going to be peaceful and it's going to stand peaceful but I'm going to do whatever it takes to keep these workers working and the work not going to Mexico," says D'Agnolo. "So I will certainly communicate with the police but I'm going to let them know that we need to keep this protest going to support these workers here at Nemak.
He says at this point, giving in is not an option.
"If they get the work out then we don't have a leg to stand on. So there's a lot of product there that they want to go to Mexico and I can't have that happen."
Nemak was represented by Windsor lawyer David Sundin who told the court, Windsor police would not intervene until a court order was issued.
Statement provided by Nemak on the Superior Court Ruling, September 5, 2019.
In a statement from Windsor police, Sgt. Steve Betteridge tells AM800 News "Community safety is our number one priority at any call for service, and that is the case at a strike scene as well. Our Service is in communication with both sides on this issue, and will work to keep the peace until the matter is resolved."
Unifor did not have a lawyer or any representatives present.
The Mexican-owned company announced earlier this year that it would stop production at the plant in mid-2020, instead of 2022 as is outlined in the contract.
The company had hoped to resume production on Wednesday at 11pm.
— With files from AM800's Gord Bacon & Kristylee Varley