GM Job Cuts Reinforce CAW's Call for Government Support of Canada's Auto Industry

November 7, 2008, 1:41 PM EST

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CAW National President Ken Lewenza said today's announcement of 500 temporary job cuts at General Motors' Oshawa car plant is terrible news and further evidence of the need for government support of Canada's failing auto industry.

"Today's news is devastating to our members in Oshawa," Lewenza said after GM announced it intends to slow down production at the Oshawa car plant to adjust to declining market conditions. "If there is a silver lining it's the fact that these are temporary and not permanent layoffs."

Lewenza believes this latest round of job cuts should prompt the federal government to act quickly and lend support to the auto sector in a fashion similar to its support of our nation's banking sector.  

"The U.S. government has already approved $25 billion in support for the beleaguered auto industry," said Lewenza. "By contrast, there hasn't been any similar sense of urgency from our federal government to act and that has to change."

Today's job cuts comes on the heels of 470 layoffs at the Navistar truck plant in Chatham, Ontario and another 500 job losses at the CAMI plant (a joint venture between GM and Suzuki) in Ingersoll, Ontario.

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