OTTAWA: General Motors is shifting 625 jobs from a plant in Canada that makes popular crossover utility vehicles to Mexico, the Canadian auto workers union said Friday. The cuts represent one-fifth of the facility’s workforce and comes less than a year after GM expanded the Canadian plant, with part of a Can$560 million ($426 million) investment in its overall Canadian operations. The layoffs at the plant in Ingersoll, Ontario -- which produces the Equinox and Terrain models -are a “betrayal” that show “why NAFTA is a terrible deal for Canadian jobs,” Unifor said in a statement on the North American Free Trade Agreement. “It is another example of how good jobs are being shifted out of Canada for cheaper labor in Mexico,” Unifor president Jerry Dias said.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 29th, 2017.
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