|Caterpillar: crushing communities near you|
American industrial giant Caterpillar is closing its locomotive plant, putting 460 workers out of their jobs just over a month after they were locked out for rejecting pay cuts of up to 50 per cent.
OTTAWA – “The decision announced today that US Caterpillar Corporation will close its Electro-Motive plant in London instead of negotiating with the Canadian Autoworkers Union requires an immediate response from the Canadian and Ontario governments.” That statement from Dave Coles, President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).
“This decision is a slap in the face to Canada which gave Electro-Motive tax breaks to protect jobs,” continues Coles. “It’s an act of corporate aggression against Canada and we should retaliate with an immediate tariff against Caterpillar products imported to Canada. The Ontario and federal governments should take the same action in this situation as former Premier Danny Williams did at AbitiBowater in Newfoundland – they should seize the Caterpillar assets in London and ensure that all community and worker obligations are fully met.