The dispute stems from the union’s demand that GM designate the plant as the lead production site for its Chevrolet Equinox model in North America.
General Motors Co has stated it has reached a tentative labor agreement with striking workers at its CAMI plant in Canada thus ending a month-old disagreement.
On September 18, 2,500 workers at the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, in southern Ontario, had walked out of their jobs following the U.S. automaker’s rejection of a union call to designate the factory as the lead production site for its Chevrolet Equinox model in North America.
“These members have shown incredible courage and strength by standing up for good jobs and a secure future for their families and their community,” said Jerry Dias, president of Unifor National, the main union leading the contract talks.
“This strike has shown all of Canada why a renewed North American Free Trade Agreement must address the needs of working people first”.
While the agreement is subject to member ratification, Unifor said details of the deal will not be disclosed only until after the final vote.
The ratification vote has yet to be scheduled.
The dispute took a turn for the worst, when earlier this week GM issued a warning that it could start winding down production at the CAMI and ramp up the output of the Equinox SUV, a popular model, at two of its plants in Mexico, unless workers called off their strike.
Earlier this year, General Motors had moved the production of its Terrain SUV model to Mexico, resulting in nearly 400 layoffs at CAMI.
On Thursday, Dias had said GM has “declared war on Canada,” and called the labor dispute ”the poster child of what’s wrong with NAFTA.