Brampton plant hit as two models cancelled
Canada’s auto industry faces a lot more job losses beyond the latest hit at Chrysler Canada Inc. unless Ottawa intervenes immediately, union and business leaders say.
They called on the federal government to provide quick financial assistance, to lower interest rates and to insist on fairer international trade after Chrysler announced the layoff of more than 1,100 people at its Brampton assembly plant.
Earlier in the day, Chrysler announced the elimination of five shifts, four models and more than 8,500 production jobs at its North American operations because of falling demand.
Among the moves, Chrysler will cancel production of the Magnum and Pacifica wagons in Brampton and Windsor, respectively.
Local union officials expressed shock at Chrysler’s decision because they believed the loss of the Magnum would be offset by recent changes in their contract to reduce costs by the introduction of the Challenger sports car next year, and by eventual movement of Chrysler 300 production from Austria to Brampton.
"This is devastating," said Leon Rideout, vice-president of Local 1285 in Brampton. Hundreds of workers, who have started families and bought houses, will be experiencing their second layoff in six years.