‘Green Jobs Oshawa’ doesn’t passively accept the closure of the GM Oshawa Assembly facility.
We demand that government intervene now and use public ownership to save jobs, to protect manufacturing capacity, and to kickstart the transition to a sustainable economy.
There are other options. The Oshawa facility has the tools and equipment to produce socially beneficial products.
Not a Good Deal
GM’s plans show that out of over 5,000 workers currently directly employed by the production of cars and trucks, only 300 to 500 jobs will remain.
Stamping and related parts work will stay, while over 90% of the complex, with all the technology, robots and machinery related to vehicle assembly, will be idled, removed, or bulldozed.
The decay in Canada’s manufacturing base with its implications for all working people, our children, grandchildren and the community as a whole demand that we do things differently.
The evidence that the environmental crisis threatens the planet is growing and demands decisive collective action.
What brings us together is the determination to link all of the above by converting the Oshawa facility into a center for the production of fleets of world class electric vehicles.
The intensification of environmental concerns demand that governments at all levels accelerate the transition from gas-powered vehicles to electric. This will create a demand for electric post office vans, similar hydro vehicles, electrified shuttle buses, ambulances, and eventually for electric equipment and vehicles in construction, mining and agriculture.
The future requires electric vehicles to keep our country moving. We want to build those vehicles, we want to contribute to Canada’s productive potential, and we want to contribute to saving the planet.
We know this won’t happen by leaving it to private corporations, that always put private profit ahead of public need. It will require governments to look at the social benefits – jobs, the environment, and the country’s future productive capacity – and use public ownership to repurpose the Oshawa complex.
We can’t get there alone. There’s clear support for this kind of economic transition in the community, among young people, and throughout the country. But it can’t happen if autoworkers and the community in Oshawa don’t seize this opportunity and show they are ready to lead this fight.
We have to take action, waiting for things to improve is no longer an alternative.
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