Short-term layoffs for 1,200 GM Oshawa employees as U.S. strike continues


OSHAWA, Ont. — About 1,200 Normal Motors workers on the firm’s meeting plant in Oshawa, Ont., have been briefly laid off due to a strike within the U.S., with extra job cuts anticipated quickly.

The staff, who work on the Oshawa truck line, will nonetheless obtain full wages whereas the strike by some 48,000 GM employees within the U.S. continues.

Unifor president Jerry Dias says he expects the second line on the Oshawa plant to even be disrupted due to a scarcity of elements from the U.S. as early as Thursday to depart all 2,600 employees on the plant off the job.

He says he expects about two-thirds of GM’s Cami plant in Ingersoll, Ont., to close down by early subsequent week due to the strike, whereas its St. Catharines, Ont., operation could possibly be hit by the center of subsequent week. Employees at these crops will nonetheless be compensated in a shut down however not as totally because the Oshawa employees.

Dias says another operations are additionally issuing non permanent layoffs, together with a trucking firm in Windsor, however that the important thing hit would be the GM crops.

GM employees within the U.S. walked off the job for the primary time in over a decade on Monday over points together with wages, well being care, and job safety.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed on September 18, 2019.