TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ - CAW Local 303 members at the Collins & Aikman
plant in Scarborough, Ontario will go back to work Monday after taking over
their plant for two days over severance that the company has refused to pay.
The CAW recognizes that Collins & Aikman is the first payer of the severance
pay however they have reached an agreement with DaimlerChrysler who has
guaranteed to pay $1.8 million towards the severance pay for their proportion
of the historical work they have in the plant. Collins & Aikman supplies
plastic dashboard parts to Chrysler and Ford and GM.
The union will be pressuring GM and Ford to follow the DaimlerChrysler
pattern. Collins & Aikman would be responsible to pay DC, GM & Ford back the
severance money that will be paid to the workers.
Bob Chernecki, assistant to the President of the CAW said "this is a hell
of a victory for the workers at Collins & Aikman, but we really need to
highlight the lack of responsibility shown by this employer. This is another
example of a lack of clear policy on ensuring severance pay for workers facing
plant closures. The manufacturing industry is in crisis and no one is
listening. There needs to be an overall strategy to keep open our auto parts
plants and to secure jobs for workers."
Brian Stevens, National Representative for CAW Local 303 members, said
"While this struggle for fairness began in the quiet darkness Friday night,
the success of our fight back came about because the solidarity among our
members at the Scarborough facility, quickly spreading to the Collins & Aikman
Guelph and Ingersoll plants. Those CAW members took supportive actions,
forcing Daimler Chrysler to accept a guarantor position in relation to the
severance payments that are rightly owed to the Scarborough workers. We are
confident that shifting the focus onto GM and Ford will ensure that our
members claims will be fully addressed".
For further information:
For further information: call CAW National Representative Brian Stevens
at (416) 567-8281