Union Fears More Layoffs At Ford Oakville Plant

The union has been notified that come September, 200 of the approximately 45 hundred employees at the plant will be sent home indefinitely.

The union representing workers at the Oakville Ford says, the cut backs are an effort to match production with consumer demand.

Marvin Ryder from the Degroote School of Business says, it’s a sustainable business move but unfortunately, the cost is the elimination of 200 good jobs. “Ford is really trying to make sure they are as profitable as they can be,” to give them the war chest they need for future developments which are electric vehicles, autonomous driven vehicles.”

The union is calling on the federal and provincial government to step in and help the hurting automotive industry in Ontario.

The local Unifor union president says, they are exploring all ways to keep as many employees as possible at the plant, perhaps in different positions. But says things may take a turn for the worse later on this year and into 2020.