Unifor to release major Canadian auto industry study
Report to detail the economic importance of GM’s Oshawa complex.
Canada’s largest union in the private sector, and the leading union in the auto sector, will release an independent study Monday morning examining the economic impact of the General Motors plant in Oshawa.
“This study will give industry, government and labour the hard data they need to make decisions about the future of the auto industry in Canada,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias, who will be at the press conference at Queen’s Park Monday morning.
Unifor commissioned the study to provide an independent assessment of the importance of the plant to the Canadian economy as a whole. Unifor has long argued that Canada needs a national auto strategy, as other countries already have, to ensure the industry continues to be a source of good jobs.
The study examines the economic impact of GM’s Oshawa complex – including its 3,600 hourly production workers and an estimated 500 salaried staff whose jobs are tied to manufacturing production there.