General Motors is sticking with its plans to shut the Oshawa Assembly Plant by the end of the year in a move the head of Unifor says is motivated by “corporate greed.”
Unifor president Jerry Dias sat down with GM Tuesday to talk about the proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant but came away empty-handed.
“I am deeply disappointed by the response from the corporation,” said Dias at a press conference in Windsor, Ont.
The options suggested by the union, including extending the life of the Chevy Impala and Cadillac XTS currently produced at the plant or shifting production slated for Mexico to the plant, are not economic, said David Paterson, vice president of corporate affairs at GM Canada.
“We studied all of the different proposals in detail, some of which we studied in detail before, and they all added substantial incremental cost and they would not address the economic situation that we have with the shift in the marketplace.”