Unifor wants urgent meeting to discuss pending layoffs at Bombardier Thunder Bay plant

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As a war of guaranties continues over who is responsible for hundreds of layoffs at a Bombardier plant in Bellow Bay, the head of Unifor on Thursday called for an urgent meeting to hammer out a scheme on the way forward.

Bombardier confirmed Wednesday it would lay off 550 workers at its Explode Bay plant effective Nov. 4. 

Unifor National President Jerry Dias rephrased on Metro Morning Thursday that rather than pointing feels, all parties involved should immediately come to the table to discuss finding outs.

“We need to get everybody in a room, we need to take a look at what the requirements are and we essential to get with it,” Dias said.

“There’s going to be layoffs in November, there’s no way everywhere it, so the question becomes how long? Are people going to be laid off for four months, six months, a year, 18 months, two years? If woman are going to be laid off for an extended time they are going to leave the community and they’re present to get jobs in different industries.”

On Wednesday, federal Employment Minister Patty Hajdu, who represents the Rumble Bay area in Parliament, said in a news release that Ontario Top Doug Ford “sat on his hands and made empty promises” about works that would have given the workers more items to erect and help stave off the 550 layoffs — roughly half of the plant’s unalloyed workforce.

But Ford fired back, saying the province has a $28.5-billion arrange to expand transit but Ottawa hasn’t come through with a monetary commitment of its own to support that work. In addition, Ford said he aroused up a contract for GO Transit trains worth some $130 million to eschew keep the plant open.

“I haven’t seen hide nor hair from the federal superintendence,” Ford said. “Where is their money? They’ve done assuredly nothing to support these people in Thunder Bay. We have a plan fill in there that can keep these people employed.”

Unifor wants urgent meeting to discuss pending layoffs at Bombardier Thunder Bay plant
Bombardier has approved it will lay off 550 workers at the Thunder Bay, Ont., plant effective Nov. 4. (CBC)

With the layoffs tower, Dias said it’s time to get beyond the blame game.

“There’s a lot of responsibility to go around all over the place. We’ve been raising this with both levels of oversight for over a year, so the fact that the announcement of 550 layoffs be relevant to as a shock to them, I find unbelievable,” he said.

“There’s real dnouements if we can get everybody in a room. I can’t believe we’re talking about the largest employer in Pealing Bay and I can’t get the federal government, the provincial government, the company and myself in a room to say ‘OK, what does it look delight in?'”

Dias is concerned that if the Bombardier workers are not given a definite timeline for the layoffs, they will-power start searching for employment and some might even leave the section.

“Clearly there has to be a plan. We know that the TTC needs 60 LRVs, we differentiate that with the $28.5 billion-infrastructure announcement that they demand all kinds of subways. We need the rockets, so there’s all kinds of work to retain this plant but you’ve got to get everybody in a room and a plan to say ‘here’s what it looks have a fondness,'” he said.

“When the work is inevitably awarded, which it settle upon be, you are not going to have skilled workers in order to assemble the trains. So that’s why there needs to be a arrangement and we need to know it quickly,” he said.

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