GM’s Oshawa truck assembly line shut down, workers told to stay home as parts run short

Tons of of GM employees in Oshawa had been informed to remain residence Wednesday after a strike by auto employees within the U.S. restricted the variety of components shipped to Canada, shutting down the truck meeting line on the plant.

Roughly 49,000 United Auto Employees within the U.S. went on strike towards Basic Motors on Sunday evening. 

On Tuesday afternoon, 1,200 employees in Oshawa had been informed to go residence. One other 650 employees on the morning shift had been informed they weren’t wanted on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for GM stated roughly half of the manufacturing on the Oshawa plant was being affected by the UAW strike.

“Some vehicles have been disrupted because of a lack of parts,” David Paterson, GM’s vice-president for company and environmental affairs, confirmed, explaining the corporate will proceed to observe the state of affairs.

‘They need to pay us regardless’

The Oshawa meeting plant is certainly one of 5 North American vegetation closing on the finish of the 12 months. Which means the employees despatched residence or informed to remain away will likely be paid a full wage due to a contract stipulating all full-time workers have to be paid for the final 16 weeks of labor.

“This affected GM more than it affected us — we’re already prepared for the plant closure, and now because of the contract they have to pay us regardless,” Peter Levesque, a kind of employees who was informed to remain residence on Wednesday morning, informed CBC Information. 

Unifor Native 222 union consultant Mike Barry stated the contract negotiated by the union is defending employees from dropping cash throughout a shutdown of the truck meeting line at GM’s Oshawa plant. (Linda Ward/CBC)

Unifor Native 222 union consultant Mike Barry stated his primary concern is preserving everybody contained in the Oshawa plant comfortable for now.

“Our union has gone through great lengths with the company to make sure this isn’t affecting us financially right now,” Barry stated.

“We’re just standing behind our brothers in the States — they’ve got a big fight ahead of them, but they can do it,” he added.

Each the union and GM are watching two different vegetation in Ontario intently, however to this point the meeting plant in Ingersoll and the engine and transmission plant in St. Catharines have been unaffected by the components scarcity.

Nevertheless, Jerry Dias, president of Canadian union Unifor, stated employees in St. Catharines may face layoffs inside days, since about 80 per cent of the engines the plant builds are destined for automobiles assembled within the U.S.

On the Ingersoll meeting plant, about half the engines they put in automobiles come from the U.S. Dias estimates they could need to halt operations inside 10 days.

GM has not stated what number of days of components it has in reserve.

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