The Canadian Auto Workers union is getting ready for new talks next week with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, which are struggling to survive a huge drop in sales and tight credit markets.

The federal and Ontario governments have offered a combined $4 billion to help the Detroit Three automakers through the tough times but have attached conditions, including union concessions.

CAW president Ken Lewenza said Thursday that labour costs didn’t cause the crisis but the un­ion can’t ignore the financial state of the companies and the government offers of aid.

The union said there are several conditions attached to its participation — including commitments by the carmakers on future manufacturing activity in Canada.

The CAW is also demanding what it calls a “comprehensive National Auto Strategy” to address the overall challenges including “trade imbalances between North America and the rest of the world.”