Unifor President Jerry Dias speaks to striking workers at GM's Ingersoll, Ontario, plant.
Automotive giant General Motors has recently announced that it's increasing production of the Chevrolet Equinox model at two plants in Mexico.
GM plans to study how quickly key suppliers to the Ontario Equinox plant could move their operations to accommodate a shift in the vehicle's production, a person familiar with the discussions said on Wednesday.
"GM just told us today that they are going to ramp up production in Mexico", Unifor President Jerry Dias told Reuters. "They have declared war on Canada".
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.
"CAMI (the Ingersoll plant) is the poster child for what is wrong with North American Free Trade Agreement".
About 2,500 workers at a factory in Ingersoll, Ontario, walked off the job on September 18 after GM rejected Unifor's call for the automaker to designate the factory, known as CAMI, as the lead production site for the Equinox in North America.
"This is the ugly side of NAFTA, that people don't want to talk about".
"In that picturesque town west of Toronto, workers at the CAMI automotive plant are on strike over a reasonable proposal that their employer, General Motors of Canada, refuses to accept. - enhanced job security language", Dias said.
Dias says GM's threat during labour negotiations is a '"slap in the face" to Canada and the United States.
"This is a callous and heartless attitude for General Motors to take toward a community that has worked so hard to build its top-selling vehicles", Dias said in a Thursday Unifor news release.