CAW Frustrated at Siemens Wind Turbine Decision

December 1, 2010, 12:31 PM EST

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The CAW is reacting with anger to the news by Siemens and the Ontario government that the proposed wind turbine project will set up shop in Tillsonburg and not at the company's existing Hamilton facility, scheduled to close next July.

"This is absolutely unacceptable," said CAW President Ken Lewenza. "There was every indication that the Hamilton plant could be re-tooled for this work to be done there, saving hundreds of jobs."

Lewenza described the news as a shock and utter disappointment. 

"Multi-national corporations don't care where they set up, but governments must show leadership," said Lewenza. "This has happened because the Ontario government lacked the tenacity to ensure Siemens respected a local commitment."

CAW Local 504 represents 350 of the 550 workers at the Hamilton facility. "This news is a final slap in the face to the Hamilton workforce and represents a total disregard by both the company and the Ontario government," said CAW Local 504 President Randy Smith. "It's extremely offensive that the government promotes this initiative as new jobs being created in the province, while at the same time failing to preserve existing ones."

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