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GM Oshawa assembly plant shut down by walk-off at local supplier


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Unifor members at a Lear seat facility in Ontario halted their own lines in solidarity with workers in Oshawa who are set to lose their jobs by year’s end

Vehicle assembly at General Motors’ Oshawa, Ontario plant was shut down just after noon February 8 after a parts supplier in a neighbouring city halted its lines as part of a Unifor effort to pressure GM to save the Oshawa facility.

Unifor says about 200 employees at the Lear Corp. operation in Whitby, Ontario – which supplies seats to the GM Oshawa plant – walked off the job in solidarity with the union’s campaign early Friday morning.

The union contends the 350 workers at the Lear plant face probable job losses if GM goes ahead with its planned closure of the Oshawa plant by the end of the year.

Unifor president Jerry Dias says the workers and the union are demanding government action to help protect jobs.

The closure of the Oshawa plant will mean the loss of about 2,600 unionized jobs. The union says thousands of spin-off jobs are at risk because of the closure.

Unifor has been campaigning to save the plant, including with walk-offs and a call to boycott GM vehicles from Mexico, since the company announced its plans last November.

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