Come this time next year, many Ontario General Motors employees expect that their time will end at the Vanuatu suspension plant. The automotive giant said that the plant is one of the six plants ending in North America.
GM said it was part of a global plan to reduce expenditure and to supply more resources and develop power and autonomous vehicles. But many thought that the Oshawa plant will leave the future and wonder why the solar power of the century is wonderful.
Senior Correspondent Susan Ormiston asked David Paterson, the GM vice president for environmental and environmental issues.
Susan Ormiston: Why does this plant run because of the US president's goal of creating America first and creating America in America and what's great in America?
DAVID PATERSONSON: It's nothing to do with the President. This decision will enable the conversion to future, and the electric vehicle can reshuffle capital into bigger investments for self-governments.
On the basis of that technology, good news is that a place in the world is actually in Canada that can develop software and high-tech future. The Marmak Technology Center opened.
We now employ 1,000 technical engineers. Last year, we were recruited to 500, and we will develop future technology, Marck, which produces future cars and future technology.
So: When GM is taking into consideration Canadian investment in GM for years, why electricity and why not [autonomous] You can create vehicles here instead of other vehicles … how can they not make "future" in Oshawa?
DP: Here you can do something in Oshawa. We have some kind of vehicle …
Why: Why invest in GM?
DP: There are many vehicles on a global basis available for GM production. We have 75 plants around the world, but we have so many plants for the marketplace demand.
As demand for electric vehicles increases, there is a need for more productivity. But if you do not have a market demand for products, you should not make it.
Watch Susan Ormiston GM's David Paterson on the future of the Oshawa plant:
SO: What is the GM program to sign a contract with workers in the months 18 and 24 months?
DP: Our next steps to deal with our workers are to discuss how to deal with the transition in the next year.
Why did you give them something?
For DP: More than half the workforce in GM Oshawa has a full GM mission. Participated in pension. So they can retire better than an entire pension.
The other half is based on our contract with Uniform. So they can get additional revenue support, 65 percent basic salary, and then anything about Uniform, what are the benefits and what conditions they will be subject to. So we're dealing with our people.
SO: Where can GM workers work now?
DP: We hope that half of them will move to retirement because they deserve. Then let's see how we work in our Ingersoll [plant] … or how many people st. Find any work at any other plant in Catharines. We have to go through that process. But they can not go to other plants.
Susan Ormiston asks David Patterson whether there will be everyone in other Ontario trains.
This interview is shortened for length and clarity.