GM transferred the production of the Camaro's Oshawa plant in Michigan
General Motors announced Wednesday its intention to transfer the production of the next model of the sports car Camaro in Oshawa Ontario plant to other facilities in Lansing, Michigan.
General Motors of Canada said in a statement that a reduction in capital investment and an improvement in the efficiency of production were key factors in the decision making.
The current model of the Camaro is built in the Oshawa plant, which employs about 2,000 people and or products are also Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS.
The most recent collective agreement between the Union of Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and GM, which was ratified in September ensures that the production of the Camaro will be held in Oshawa until the end of the current generation of this model.
Michigan production of the new Camaro will be added to that of the CTS models and the Cadillac ATS, also a propulsion of vehicles, in order to increase the effectiveness of GM in matters of production.
The CAW, which represent workers in Oshawa, have indicated that the decision by GM would result in a reduction of one third of the production of Oshawa late 2015 or early 2016. The union demand a company to replace the lost production in order to protect jobs at the factory.
"General Motors has once again demonstrated a total and absolute disregard of its employees as well as Canadians in general, whose taxes helped
a company to avoid bankruptcy, "he says CAW President Ken Lewenza.
"This decision will cause a devastating blow to the region of Durham and the country's automotive industry," he added.
The union says the number of jobs that could be lost was unknown, but he added that the transfer of the production of the next Camaro could also affect businesses of automotive parts in the region.
GM has also indicated its intention to continue to meet production targets promised to the federal government and Ontario in 2009.
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