The announcement of USA automaker General Motors (GM) to close its plant in Ontario in central Canada has caused strong reactions from the country's politicians.
GM also says it will reduce salaried and salaried contract staff by 15 per cent, which includes 25 per cent fewer executives.
Many workers were still trying to comprehend why on Tuesday morning. "We owe it to those workers and their families to explore every single possible option to save these jobs and to save this plant that is so important, so critical to the economy of southern Ontario and indeed to Canada".
"We have some of our most competitive parts plants in the world in Ontario.we have a very good workforce, we have very good equipment, and the latest in manufacturing".
Magna Auto Systems and Hannon Systems both make vehicle parts and many predict negative consequences for businesses like theirs in the wake of GM's global restructuring.
I suppose, in hindsight, we should have seen this coming.
As for General Motors, Ford said he found out about the plant closure on Sunday afternoon.
President Trump told reporters, "We don't like it; I believe they'll be opening up something else". Basically the ship has already left the dock.
GM's operations are a significant part of economic growth and jobs in the city, long considered to be Canada's motor city.
Ontario, home to the Oshawa plant, was told by the automaker that there was nothing it could do to prevent it, premier Doug Ford said.
Ford and lawmakers in Ottawa vowed to work together to help affected workers, their families and the city - which will lose its biggest employer.
Trudeau is willing to join the fight against GM, Dias told reporters. "I mean, there are a lot of people in the community who do have those jobs and it'll be sad to see them go".
Some social media users urged to boycott GM's cars in response.
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Martinrea International Inc. says it will be forced to close an automotive factory when General Motors winds down production at its Oshawa assembly plant next year in one of the clearest indications of the knock-on effects of the closure on suppliers.
GM said it's is evolving its global product development workforce and processes to drive world-class levels of engineering in advanced technologies as wells as to improve quality and speed to market.
Unifor, which represents the hourly workers, said Sunday that it "does not have complete details" of the announcement but has "been informed that, as of now, there is no product allocated to the Oshawa Assembly Plant past December 2019".
The closure of the plant is expected to result in the loss of more than 2,500 jobs in Oshawa.
In the 1980s, the plant - opened in 1953 - employed about 23,000 people.
"That's 2,500 families in town who are in some form of chaos right now", Henry said outside his City Hall office, where a gift-bearing Santa Claus stood next to a lit Christmas tree. Is this part of something that's happening across Canada?
Patterson said that the Oshawa plant has the capacity to run six shifts day but for the last several years had only been running three shifts.
"GM didn't build #Oshawa".
Dr. Colin Carrie, the Member of Parliament for Oshawa, called the reports "very concerning".
GM says it is maintaining its profitable lineup of SUVs and trucks but will shift away from some of its smaller vehicles that haven't seen strong sales. The US vehicle company revealed that it is cutting production at many of its North American plants and laying off 15% of its workforce.
In 2015, assembly of the Chevrolet Camaro in Oshawa ended and in 2016, assembly of both the Chevrolet Impala and Equinox came to an end.
Warren Transmission is set to close in August 2019 while Detroit-Hamtramck will start layoffs in March.