Ending Auto Pact?

November 19, 1997


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Ending Auto Pact?
Ending Auto Pact?
dated November 19, 1997

Ending Auto Pact?
The CAW is launching a campaign to highlight the importance of the Auto Pact to Canadian Auto sector jobs. CAW's Sam Gindin says the government is considering eliminating all auto tariffs in a move towards global free trade.

Sam Gindin
Assistant to CAW National President




" We now have to trade with Mexico and the deficit with Mexico is growing very rapidly, the Japanese Yen is falling, there's an incredible degree of competition already here with the Japanese companies producing here, with the restructuring that's going on, with the down sizing that's going on. So from any practical experience, in terms of thinking about the impact on Canadians. It is so important that we try to maintain our jobs at this point so its an awful time to do this for one thing even if you were going to do it, but it's also a wrong thing to do."

Gindin told the CAW's leadership from the auto sector that the Japanese companies are bragging about creating 2,000 new jobs at their Canadian Honda and Toyota plants, but the real figures show that the Big Three manufacturers are the real job creators.

Sam Gindin
Assistant to CAW National President



" When you take a look at the comparison between the Japanese plants and the North American plants, when you actually take a look at how many jobs do they provide per car sold. The Big Three actually provide about four jobs to every one that the Japanese provide. In other words they are providing about four times as many jobs per vehicle sold. And we are saying that's what matters. It not that they are Japanese or American, it's what's their commitment actually to jobs, that's the key thing."

The Japanese and Korean auto makers refused to join the Auto Pact back in the 80's and are now demanding the same treatment as the Auto Pact members without the commitment to job creation in Canada. They have already ramped up their marketing and have captured a larger percentage of the Canadian market than Ford and Chrysler combined. CAW National President Buzz Hargrove says the message to the Liberals in Ottawa is simple.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"When they start saying they are going to put the same number of jobs in this country as the U.S. manufacturers then they should have the same rules, but until then don't give them any further advantage, they don't need it."






The CAW is now organizing a grass roots campaign to be launched in the near future. It will first mobilize its membership in the auto sector, and then in turn try to mobilize the public to pressure Ottawa to tie in job creation with any changes in the Auto Pact or the tariff structure. In the meantime the CAW will approach the federal, Ontario and Quebec governments and opposition parties for their support in this fight to save the Auto Pact and jobs in Canada.

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