Auto Pact - WTO Fight Continues

Ottawa, Ontario

June 16, 2000


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Auto Pact-WTO Fight Continues
Auto Pact-WTO Fight
Continues
dated June 15, 2000
 

Auto Pact-WTO Fight Continues
Ottawa, June 1, 2000
       The fight to save the Canadian auto industry is continuing despite the loss of the appeal against the WTO's decision against the Canada-U.S Auto Pact. CAW National President Buzz Hargrove delivered 100,000 cards from citizens across Canada, demanding Ottawa take action to save the Auto Pact.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

      "We can't allow an un-elected group of bureaucrats whom we don't even have the opportunity to meet and talk to, make an important decision about an important industry without considering the impact for workers, or families, or communities and the country".

       The Auto Pact was established to build and protect the auto industry in Canada. It made the U.S. owned car makers build plants in Canada.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

      "Decisions were made because of the auto pact. Now if you reverse that decision over the next 15 years you could see a lot of jobs heading back to the United States, or Japan or Germany.
      You're talking tens of thousands. Remember there are 150 thousand people working directly in this industry."

      Hargrove impressed upon Industry Minister John Manley the need to consult all the players in the auto sector including the unions and General Motors, Ford and Daimler Chrysler before making any decision.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

      "In the end he should re-impose the 6.1 per cent tariff on both assembled vehicles and parts. That is the short term. In the long term we have to discuss a strategy about how we ensure that this industry is viable for the future".

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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