A strike at GM Canada’s car seat supplier Lear may disrupt production at the carmaker’s Oshawa, Ontario plant.
Production could shut down Monday as the strike cut off supplies of seats used in vehicles assembled there, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union said on Monday. Approximately 400 workers at Lear’s plant in Whitby, Ontario, went on strike on Sunday after talks broke down over company requests for contract concessions, said the CAW, which represents workers at both GM and Lear.
“General Motors will have enough seats to run approximately four, maybe five, hours today and then the Oshawa car assembly plant will cease production. On top of the Oshawa assembly plant, every other auto parts supplier that feeds GM Oshawa will feel this affect as well,” Chris Buckley, president of CAW Local 222 at Oshawa was quoted as saying by Reuters.
General Motors replied it expected production at Oshawa to be affected early this week and added that it is working to limit the impact. “GM Canada is hopeful that Lear will reach a resolution with the CAW,” GM spokeswoman Adria MacKenzie said. The GM representative didnt’t detail company plans to deal with any disruption. A spokesman for Lear was not immediately available for comment.