CAMI strike: GM may move more production to Mexico


He says the union is still negotiating with the company.

"GM just told us today that they are going to ramp up production in Mexico", Unifor President Jerry Dias told Reuters. Both sides refuse to budge on the demand of job security at the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont., which assembles GM's Chevrolet Equinox sport utility vehicle.

Unifor Local 88 at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario and some 2,500 employees went on strike at 10:59 p.m. September 17 with the goal of having GM make their plant the main producer of the Chevrolet Equinox and job security.

"This is a callous and heartless attitude for General Motors to take toward a community that has worked so hard to build its top-selling vehicles", Dias said in a Thursday Unifor news release.

"The issue is that Mexican autoworkers earn United States $2 per hour and the movement generates good middle-class jobs in Mexico", Dias explained during his recent participation in talks about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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"We've been very clear from day one that those are long-term trade and market things that we just aren't going to be able to sign up for", said the spokesman.

Unifor is pushing for a commitment from GM that the Ontario plant will be the main producer of the hot-selling Equinox SUV.

The talks have been shrouded in controversy due to US President Donald Trump's desire to keep jobs in the United States, and to ensure that all trade deals are fair for the three member countries.

The ongoing talks between General Motors and Unifor-represented workers at the company's plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, may be heading south - literally.

The escalation of the assembly plant strike comes as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begins an official visit to Mexico, while NAFTA negotiations continue in Washington.