Jan 27, 2017

By Christine Ross

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The union representing Canadian auto workers says the layoff of 625 workers at the G-M plant in Ingersoll, Ontario is a clear sign the North American Free Trade Agreement must be renegotiated. Unifor says the layoffs at CAMI Assembly plant will take effect in July. National president Jerry Dias says the jobs are being transferred to Mexico, where labour is cheaper. Dias says the decision “reeks of corporate greed” and is a clear sign that NAFTA must be renegotiated. The company recently announced it was shifting production of the G-M-C Terrain to Mexico. U-S President Donald Trump has told Mexico and Canada he wants to renegotiate NAFTA, or perhaps even scrap it. GM Canada says it gave Unifor advance notification of how product changeovers would affect workers at three Ontario plants, adding it will continue to work with the union to help manage the adjustment. When asked whether layoffs were in the works at other Ontario facilities, a spokeswoman said that Friday’s announcement related only to “an employment impact at CAMI due to the changeover of older model Equinoxes to the next-generation Equinox.”

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