Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) said it will honour an injunction to lift the union’s blockade and limit picketing near the headquarters of General Motors of Canada in Oshawa, Ontario. The CAW launched its protest on June 3 following news that the automaker would close the truck plant in Oshawa, two weeks after the two sides signed a collective agreement that the CAW said guaranteed product allocation for the plant beyond 2011.
GM sought the injunction after staff was unable to enter the headquarters building. The decision was made by Justice David Salmers to grant the injunction.
“The CAW respects the decision from Judge Salmers and will abide by the terms for picketing near GM headquarters starting Monday,” said Peter Kennedy, assistant to the CAW national secretary-treasurer. “We applaud the judge’s acknowledgement that people have the right to peacefully protest unjust decisions such as this. We are not giving up on this struggle. We are now planning the next stage of our response to GM’s unjust and unlawful decision to close the Oshawa truck plant.”