Volvo Occupation

October 22, 1998


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Volvo Occupation
Volvo Occupation
dated October 22, 1998 

Volvo Occupation
dated October 22, 1998
The occupation of the Volvo plant in Halifax by the CAW was forced upon the members by the company's greed and refusal to negotiate.

Larry Wark
CAW National Rep. Halifax, N.S.
"The frustration has been building up and building up, so finally the decision was made this week that people were tired of waiting, tired of being stalled. Most of them were concerned that we'd get too far down the line, and Volvo would just get all its good cars out, get them into the marketplace and at any point in time, tell us that bargaining would never begin again. So the decision was made to occupy the plant."

Volvo announced in September that they were shutting down the plant December 18th, throwing 162 CAW members out of work. The CAW went to Sweden with a plan to save the plant.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"We put together a proposal to keep the plant open, which would have maintained the jobs in this facility, and actually created a couple hundred more jobs and allowed them, uh, not working for Volvo, for parts companies in the same area, would allow them to double, even triple production, would allow them to build any model they want on the same line. But, they totally ignored that, because they can now ship in from Sweden cheaper than they can do it in Canada."

Not only are the jobs gone, now Volvo is refusing to negotiate a fair severance package.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"The workers are fighting like hell now to try and keep their jobs. But they're also fighting an employer that refuses to put a decent severance pay package on the table, refuses to deal with people who are a few days, a few weeks, or a few months short of a retirement benefit, refuses to put up the extra money to allow them to retire into dignity as they lose their jobs. Refuses to cover health care benefits, refuses to do training. So it is really a very cheap and irresponsible response by a multi national corporation who's made a lot of money off the people of Nova Scotia."

Hargrove says it's time the federal and provincial governments stepped in to protect Canadian jobs and Canadian workers.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"There should be a requirement here that if Volvo wants to continue to share in this market, that they have to keep this facility open."
We should be saying to all multinational corporations, especially those that are here and want to leave, that if you want to share in this lucrative market you'd damn well better have production, investment, research, development and jobs."



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