November 5, 2007

Federal government must act on Chrysler job losses, says CAW

Toronto, Ontario – The elimination of a third shift at Chrysler’s assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario is “just horrible, horrible news,” says Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) president Buzz Hargrove. He states that the latest job cuts at Chrysler will also have a ripple effect at parts suppliers that will mean thousands more lost jobs.

On November 1, Chrysler LLC announced that it will be ending the third shift in Brampton, with a loss of 1,000 direct jobs. Production of the Dodge Magnum at that plant will end in early 2008.

A plant in Windsor, Ontario will also lose hundreds of jobs when the Chrysler Pacifica ends production on November 26; several parts plants, including Innovatech and Benteler Automotive, which supply parts solely for the Pacifica, will also close. Chrysler has also announced job cuts at four U.S. plants.

Hargrove blamed the federal government for refusing to take action to deal with the high value of the Canadian dollar, or to deal with the impact of unfair auto trade from Japan and South Korea, and demanded that the Harper government immediately withdraw from any further talks between Canada and South Korea aimed at reaching a free trade agreement.

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