2) NATIONALIZE GENERAL MOTORS IN CANADA!
Central Committee, Communist Party of Canada, February 2019
The Communist Party of Canada calls on the federal government to nationalize the General Motors operations in Canada under democratic control, as the only way to save the jobs of the 2,700 workers in Oshawa, and the many jobs in parts plants and in the surrounding communities dependent on the income from workers in the factory.
GM announced in November that it plans to shutter the plant at the end of December, 2019, even though it had promised in 2016, to maintain operations in the plant until the end of the collective agreement in September, 2020. It claimed that it was part of a global restructuring plan to shift its production of vehicles to electric and self-automated cars, allegedly the future of the automobile industry.
Meanwhile it was shifting its production of the Chevy
Impala and Cadillac XTS to plants in
General Motors has never shown any interest in the
future of its workers throughout its history. The company told the
Neither the federal or provincial government has lifted a finger to save the jobs of the affected workers. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that ďthe ship has already left the dockĒ. All the Trudeau government has offered is extra eligibility for EI benefits and retraining for other jobs in the area.
Uniforís call for boycotts of Mexican-made car will not change
GM plans and are misguided, targeting Mexican workers rather than the
corporation that is taking advantage of its ability to exploit workers and
divide the working class. The WTO struck down the Auto Pact, which had forced
the Big three automakers to assemble the same number of vehicles in
The Communist Party demands that the
federal and provincial governments intervene to nationalize GMís operations in
GM Canada spokesperson David Paterson
tried to defend its operations in
GM Canada has
most recently shown their contempt for workers in
The federal government must be forced by
the united action of labour and its social, political
and community allies, to stop the closure of the
Further we call on the government and Parliament to
renounce the USMCA agreement and refuse to ratify the deal that will cause more
closures and more misery for workers in
We also call for plant closure legislation with teeth that will force corporations to show just cause before public tribunals with the power to stop closures, and jail corporate executives.
The Communist Party stands with Unifor
Local 222 workers who downed tools and walked off the job in the first protests
against GMís closure announcement. The fight for GM workers is the fight for
all workers in the auto sector, including auto parts and assembly, and for all
those thousands of workers in spin-off jobs whose livelihoods depend on auto
plants and production in
GMís greed and thirst for more and more
profits at the expense of Canadian autoworkers and the Canadian economy demands
decisive action from the federal and provincial governments to stop this
corporate plunder. If it is not prepared to do this, it should step aside and
let a government that will defend workers and the public interest of
(The above article is from the March 16-31, 2019, issue of People's Voice, Canada's leading socialist newspaper. Articles can be reprinted free if the source is credited. Subscription rates in Canada: $30/year, or $15 low income rate; for U.S. readers - $45 US per year; other overseas readers - $45 US or $50 CDN per year. Send to People's Voice, c/o PV Business Manager, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5L 3J1.)