Close to 200 Jobs Could be Cut at the Ford Plant in Oakville

Published July 22, 2019 at 8:36 pm

Close to 200 jobs could soon be cut at the Ford Motor Company plant in Oakville.

Close to 200 jobs could soon be cut at the Ford Motor Company plant in Oakville.

Dave Thomas, President Unifor Local 707, says he was called to the plant manager’s office on July 17 to discuss upcoming scheduling changes.

“The company predicts based on the number of job reductions in August they foresee a permanent layoff of approximately 185 members in September 2019 with a possibility of additional members laid off in January 2020,” Thomas said in a statement.

According to a recent CBC article, the changes are due to the “‘Long-standing practice of matching production with consumer demand.’”

Thomas continued to explain that Unifor has been working to avoid this scenario.

“We have been arguing as a Local for the past several weeks trying to persuade the company from somehow avoiding this scenario but to no avail,” Thomas said in a statement. “As always, it’s based on a business decision and it all comes down to dollars and cents. Once again, our biggest concern was preserving good paying jobs and uprooting people’s lives.”

Stephen Crawford, MPP for Oakville, also released a statement regarding the pending layoffs.

“On July 19, 2019 I was disappointed to learn of the 185 pending layoffs announced by Ford Motor Company of Canada in Oakville,” Crawford said in a statement. “Our community has been the proud home of Ford’s assembly plant since 1953. To the affected workers, know that our government stands with you and your families in this difficult time.

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