General Motors will be cutting 600 jobs from its CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario as the company shifts production of the new GMC Terrain to Mexico. Canadian union Unifor says that the job losses are permanent.
As part of the announcement, the union also indicated that the facility’s production of the current generation of the Chevrolet Equinox will end a year earlier than expected. Manufacturing of the outgoing model was originally set to be phased out in the summer of 2018.
According to Unifor Local 88 President Dan Borthwick, GM was hiring new employees as recently as earlier this month, making the cuts a “total shock” and an indication that the company “certainly had a change of mind.”
For its part, GM spokeswoman Jennifer Wright says that the company “provided Unifor advanced notification of labor impacts related to product changeovers and transition at its CAMI facility.”
The collective agreement between workers at the CAMI plant and General Motors expires in September.
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