General Motors to close Canadian manufacturing plant

Canada
Published:  26 November, 2018
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The U.S. headquartered automotive manufacturer is reported to be planning to close down a Canadian production plant that builds sedans and pickup trucks as part of a global restructuring.

Located in Oshawa, province of Ontario, the closure of the GM plant is said to concern nearly 3,000 staff, including hundreds of high-paying jobs. Thousands of other indirect jobs, such as auto parts suppliers, could also be affected. According to local media, the decision is linked to the automaker's plans for a comprehensive global restructuring.

In a statement, Unifor, a trade union that represents 2,500 workers at the plant, said it had received a notification from GM that there will be a “major announcement” on November 26, which will impact its global operations.

GM has other operations in Canada, including a plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, where it assembles Chevrolet Equinox. GM’s total car sales in Canada declined -8.9% in the month of October, and -5.3% since the beginning of the year.

Sources: France 24/CP24