Chrysler Cuts Caused By Unrestricted Imports

November 1, 2007


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Chrysler Cuts Caused By Unrestricted Imports
Chrysler Cuts Caused By Unrestricted Imports
dated November 1, 2007


Toronto, Ontario
November 1, 2007

       Eleven hundred workers at the Chrysler plant in Brampton, along with hundreds of workers at the Chrysler plant in Windsor will be put on indefinite lay off as the company cancelled two model lines. Canadian Auto Workers union national president Buzz Hargrove, speaking at a press conference in Toronto November 1, 2007 blamed the job cuts on unfair competition from imports and the lack of government protection for Canadian workers.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "The imports are what are killing us. The lack of ability to ship and sell in the markets that are destroying us, countries that protect their industries. And I am not critical of them. I think they are doing it right. They are protecting their industry and developing policies to export to the rest of the world. Why can't we as Canadians ensure that our industry is strong and develop a strategy to export to the rest of the world; to strengthen jobs and give opportunities to young Canadians."

       Hargrove said you can't protect jobs at the bargaining table. The solution, he said, rests in the hands of the Canadian and U.S. governments.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "It has to be obvious to everyone that you can't bargain job security in an environment where the government of Canada, Mr. Harper and Mr Flaherty, and the government of the United States, completely ignore the real problem; which is the level of imports coming in from Asia, from Japan, from South Korea where those markets are closed to our product. We have a one way flow of trade and it is only a matter of time before they destroy the whole industry if we can't get access to their markets."

       Hargrove said the union is focused on protecting jobs while the auto makers have other priorities.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "I've never worried that Gm, Ford and Chrysler will survive here. They will survive, but the jobs, and Mr. Nardelli of Chrysler is the most recent advocate of this. The jobs are going to be shifted off shore. If governments of North America are saying it's fine to build anywhere in the world and ship in here and sell and make a lot of money, then they are going to respond to that. And that's great for them and their share holders but boy it is devastating for workers, their families and communities in Canada and the United States."

       The cancellation of the Magnum will eliminate the third line in Brampton in mid February, 2008. In Windsor the cancellation of the Pacifica means the closure of Innovatech and Benteler Automotive which make parts exclusively for the Pacifica. Auto parts plants in Brampton and the surrounding area could also see thousands of lay offs. Hargrove said the federal government needs to act immediately.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "What we need and what I would call on the Canadian government today, Mr. Flaherty and Mr. Harper; that they should immediately notify South Korea that we are withdrawing from negotiations unless and until that they will commit that they will buy from us in equal dollar value in assembly and parts to what they sell to us."

       "And put Japan on notice that we are no longer going to accept vehicles built in Japan into the Canadian market until such time they commit to buy an equal dollar value, as much as they sell in our market. They can build here and sell here, no problem. But we have to put an end to the devastation created by the imports from those countries. And the parts, the Japanese should be told that you can't come here with assembly plants and not buy parts from traditional parts manufacturers."

       In addition Hargrove called for the Bank of Canada to lower interest rates in order to rein in the soaring Canadian dollar which has put Canadian manufacturing at a disadvantage in the market place.

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