STRATHROY/LONDON, ON, Oct. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - CAW members at Wescast
Industries are on the picket line, out on strike since early this
Negotiations began in July, and then in early October the company
ordered a final offer vote, which the members rejected by 60 per cent.
The CAW has charged that Wescast did not intend to reach an agreement
with the union. Instead from the onset, the company tried to force an
offer that failed to secure work or jobs.
In the last set of negotiations, Wescast also ordered a final offer
vote, demonstrating what the union calls a serious lack of commitment
to labour relations.
"The contract offer from Wescast seriously compromised our members' job
security," said CAW National Representative Jim Woods. "In the last few
days, we've learned that General Motors intends to move the current
work performed at Wescast to a facility in China. There is absolutely
no reason that our members should agree to a new contract that
undercuts their own jobs."
The union is meeting with members tomorrow morning, to discuss a plan to
The facility is located at 28648 Centre Road, in Strathroy, northwest of
London. The union is operating a 24-hour picket line.
CAW Local 504 represents workers at Wescast in Strathroy.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
please contact CAW National Representative Jim Woods (cell) 519-574-8877