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General Motors Oshawa plant workers stage another sit-down strike

• Jim Kiertzner

Workers at the General Motors Oshawa, Ontario plant staged another temporary sit down strike inside the plant Wednesday morning. Workers on the evening shift Tuesday night also stopped working, causing the assembly line to stop. The workers are reacting to their National Unifor Union President Jerry Dias attempting to get GM executives to reconsider their plan to shut down that plant by the end of this year. Dias met with GM executives in December and again Tuesday at the GM headquarters in the Renaissance Center and then announced the company is not changing its plans. Dias says GM is "greedy" by moving more jobs to Mexico where workers are paid as little as $2 an hour. GM has said keeping Oshawa open would increase their costs and make them less competitive. In response, GM said the following: "We understand our union's frustration but need to now work together to deliver supports, transition and training for our employees for new opportunities over the coming year."

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