Siemens Demonstration on March 18 in Hamilton

March 12, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

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A mass demonstration will be held at the Siemens facility in Hamilton to protest the company's plans to close the turbine plant as of July 2011.

The March 11 announcement by Siemens of the closure of the plant and office is a devastating blow for 550 workers, their families and the community of Hamilton. CAW Local 504 represents nearly 350 of the workers.

The mass demonstration is planned for Thursday, March 18 starting at 12 noon, at 30 Milton Street in Hamilton.

CAW President Ken Lewenza is urging the participation of CAW area local unions. "The Siemens facility is another example of the absolute failure of government to protect these important jobs in Ontario and Canada," Lewenza said.

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