CAMI strike: GM may move more production to Mexico

The union representing striking Cami autoworkers says General Motors is making plans to ramp up production of the Chevrolet Equinox SUV in Mexico.

Company laying off workers at other facilities due to strike.

Dias told the Associated Press that GM has threatened to make more of the Equinoxs in Mexico as the Canadian strike continues.

About 2,500 workers at the plant west of Toronto went on strike September 17.

"The message is very clear", Dias said.

Unifor President Jerry Dias says GM has declared war on Canada with the threat.

One of the issues the Ingersoll employees have with GM is that it move production of the GMC Terrain to Mexico, cutting it down to just Equinox.

The workers at the plant, which produces the hot-selling Chevy Equinox, walked off the line more than four weeks ago and GM is beginning to feel the pinch.

The plants will assemble the Chevrolet Equinox model for the North American market, according to United States Unifor representative Jerry Dias.

The CAMI plant is a prime example of a trend that has been happening for years, with GM adding plants in Mexico while closing Canadian and US plants, Dias said.

- The two Mexican factories take away leverage from Unifor, which is trying to solve problems with NAFTA in contract talks, said Kristen Dziczek, director of the Industry, Labor & Economics Group at the Center for Automotive Research, a think tank in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"If Jerry is concerned about losing automotive jobs to Mexico, I think he's just adding to that situation by making it hard for General Motors to work with Unifor in Canada".

Dias has said Unifor will not back any deals unless they're confident that more jobs won't be shifted to Mexican plants. Production at the plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, will wind down if Unifor Local 88 continues its 25-day-old strike, he said.

Earlier this week, Trudeau met with politicians and business leaders in Washington as part of his government's NAFTA negotiation strategy.

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