The deal reverses the plant closure announced by GM in 2018 and calls for a second layer in 2022 and possibly a third layer that would bring 2,500 people to work. Dias said he expects renovations to the Oshawa complex to begin once the treaty is ratified, which GM CEO Mary Barra confirmed in a conference call with analysts and media, saying, “We will act very quickly after the treaty is ratified.” The ratification vote is scheduled for Sunday, he added. That is why we still have to fight for alternative visions such as those put forward by Green Jobs Oshawa after the announcement of the closure. Our demand for public ownership, production for social needs and transition to a sustainable future has been well received by many people. The climate crisis and inequality are serious problems that cannot be solved as long as companies are in control. Of course, the result of GM`s outsourcing strategy was that suppliers received nothing from GM. Unifor represented almost all of these workers, but only negotiated contracts for them after an agreement with GM. Most of them resulted in a minimal improvement in severance pay; most did not have pensions in their contracts. Unifor had argued that the terms of its bargaining contract with GM required the automaker to keep the plant in operation until September 2020. GM said, however, that the collective agreement gives it the option to change production in the event of a significant disruption to the auto market. What was the precondition for the current treaty? When GM announced the closure in November 2018, Unifor launched a media campaign to save the plant. In May 2019, the union agreed to halt its campaign to maintain, in exchange for gm, the production of spare parts that provided 300 jobs. At the Nov.
5 press conference, Dias said he believes gm`s deal “will strengthen the footprint here in Canada for years and years to come.” But there are good reasons to be skeptical of GM`s commitment. Oshawa workers remember hearing the same promises in 2016 when negotiating the previous contract. Dias used incredibly similar words in the highlights of the negotiations distributed to GM workers in 2016: “On the way to these negotiations, we were facing the closure of Oshawa and an uncertain future in St Catharines and Woodstock. I am so proud to announce that we have turned the tide and strengthened the industry`s presence in Canada in the future. [Highlighted here only] In November 2018, General Motors announced that the Oshawa Assembly Plant will not assign vehicle assembly beyond December 2019. . .