It’s been four days since nearly 3,000 workers at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll went on strike and it didn’t take long for the ripple effect of the impact to hit.
On Tuesday, AM980 reported that Qualtech Seating Systems in London has shut it’s doors because of the strike. They have manufactured seats for the Chevrolet Equinox at CAMI since 2003, but have been forced to cancel shifts and could soon issue temporary layoff notices to its 308 employees.
As you can see from the post below, they won’t be the only parts suppliers that are affected as hundreds, if not thousands of additional workers will be out of work the longer this strike continues.
The impact was immediately felt by the employees at CAMI, their families and really all of Ingersoll. The longer the strike continues, the greater the impact and pressure that GM will face. CAMI manufactures the very popular Chevrolet Equinox and with that halted, it could create an inventory headache for GM.
The good news is that the union has announced that they will reach out to GM to start talking again, which is a good sign and a great start to what’s expected to be a long road.
AM980’s Craig Needles had a chance to talk to Unifor president Jerry Dias and if you didn’t hear it, or aren’t sure what this strike it all about…you need to listen!
On social, the vibe seems to be one that is very supportive to the CAMI employees with recent posts from; a Ford employee supporting their fellow auto workers, the London Professional Fire Fighters Association and London MP Irene Mathysson who brought the strike to Ottawa’s attention!
So far the employees seem to be positive, unified and in good spirits. Some have brought family and even their dogs to stay connected and support each other!