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Ottawa, Mar 29 (Canadian-Media): Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced yesterday its intention of cutting one shift from Windsor production plant later this year at a cost of about 1,500 jobs, media reports said.
The plant, which produces the Chrysler Pacifica and its hybrid version, as well as the Dodge Grand Caravan, has about 6,100 employees.
FCA company spokeswoman LouAnn Gosselin said this move was necessary to “better align production with global demand,” and added besides offering retirement packages to eligible employees, the company would work to find positions for others.
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, disappointed at this news from FCA and his thoughts with the with the affected employees, their families and the community of Windsor said he would be be travelling to Windsor today to offer commitment of our government to fight for their jobs.
Navdeep Bains. Image credit: Facebook page
His "immediate thoughts were are with the affected employees, their families and the community of Windsor", said Bains and added he would be travelling to Windsor today to offer commitment of our government to fight for their jobs.
“Our government has consistently been there for our auto workers and auto industry, investing $434 million in 40 projects, attracting over $6 billion in investments.
“We are strongly committed to doing everything we can to fight for these workers and their jobs
Canada's auto sector with their advanced tech ecosystem remains strong, said Bains and added its "unrivaled market access and highly integrated North American supply chain, our highly skilled auto workers are uniquely positioned to design and build the cars of today and tomorrow," said Bains.
“In the face of this extremely disappointing announcement from Fiat Chrysler, our government will not waver in our support for the thousands of men and women that go to work in Ontario’s auto sector every day,” said Doug Ford , Ontario Premier.
“Our government is lowering taxes, lowering electricity rates, and slashing red tape. There has never been a better time for auto-manufacturers to invest in the province of Ontario,” said Ford.