Unifor’s Dias rules out boycott in campaign to save GM Oshawa
By CP STAFFIndustry Automotive Manufacturing automotive Dias GM manufacturing Oshawa UNIFOR
Ekos Research poll notes 45% of Canadians support an outright boycott.
OSHAWA, Ont. — The head of Unifor has ruled out a potential boycott of General Motors in the campaign to save the Oshawa Assembly Plant.
Speaking at a union rally in front of GM Canada’s Oshawa office, Unifor president Jerry Dias says the union will never call for an outright boycott of GM products.
Last week, Unifor’s Quebec director Renaud Gagne said there were no plans to boycott GM, but that it may be a solution the union will have to consider.
The union also released an Ekos Research poll last week noting that 45% of Canadians support an outright boycott of GM.
Dias says he supports the products union members make at GM in Canada, but objects to the company’s shifting of production to Mexico.
He says the union will have a press conference on Jan. 25 as it continues its fight to save the Oshawa plant that GM plans to shut down later this year.