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.
“I’ll never call for an outright boycott,” Dias said. “Our members in Ingersoll make the incredible Equinox. Our members that work in St. Catharines provide powertrains for so many different vehicles that are sold in the United States. But I have a real problem with the Mexican vehicles that GM thinks it can just dump on the Canadian and U.S. market. I'll leave it at that.”
At rally in Windsor, Ont., on Jan. 11, Dias toyed with the idea of boycotting GM vehicles made in Mexico.
“But we will absolutely be talking very shortly, based on General Motors’ decision, about whether or not Canadian and American consumers should be buying GM vehicles built in Mexico,” he told Automotive News Canada then.
The Equinox is also made in Mexico.
One of Unifor’s proposals to save the Oshawa plant was to have GM move Blazer production there from Mexico.