CAW President takes on Federal Government on Auto Policy



    OTTAWA, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - CAW President Buzz Hargrove will be meeting
federal Minister of Industry Jim Prentice this morning at 11:30 a.m. to
address the crisis in the automotive industry, highlighted yesterday by the
announcement of 1,100 new job losses at Chrysler in Brampton and Windsor,
Ontario.
    The new industry minister has taken a more hands on approach to business,
yet has not, to date, pledged support for the high value-added automotive
industry.
    Industry and labour have jointly called for a drop in the dollar and
strengthened trade regulations so that North American producers can fairly
compete in Canada and abroad.
    The CAW is calling for a new deal for Canadian workers and industry that
would mirror the former Auto Pact between Canada and the U.S.
    Since the federal Conservatives came into power, thousands of jobs have
been lost in the automotive industry, yet the government has ignored all
requests for support of industry and workers.
    The 1,100 new job losses add to the 4,200 to be lost as manufacturing
operations at General Motors in Oshawa converge and downsize beginning this
month.
    Hargrove will be available for comment after 12 noon today.
    The meeting will take place at the Confederation Building in room 401.




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