Unifor Recruits Sting To Help Save GM’s Oshawa Assembly Plant

Canada’s Unifor trade union has recruited musical superstar Sting to help its fight to save the General Motors Oshawa Assembly plant in northeast Toronto.

Sting is currently in Toronto starring in his musical, The Last Ship, and will pay a visit to Oshawa on Thursday for a short performance, Automotive News reports. Unifor has paid to rent the Oshawa facility for the performance but Sting and the rest of The Last Ship cast will perform free of charge.

General Motors intends on closing the Oshawa Assembly plant at the end of 2019 in a move which will cost thousands of jobs. Unifor alone represents 2600 hourly employees at the site. Production at Oshawa is currently moving along at 30 per cent capacity, building approximately 250 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala vehicles daily. The site also finishes assembly of 450 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado models daily.

Sting’s The Last Ship is based around the musician’s experience of his local shipyard shutting down and crippling the community. Unifor president Jerry Dias says the musical depicts a scenario very similar to what could happen in Oshawa.

“With the departure of shipbuilding from his hometown, Sting witnessed first-hand what becomes of workers and their families when the core industry is ripped away,” Dias said.

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  • FlameWater

    Don’t let the Canadian auto union fool you, these people were well paid for many years, each time a contract renewal came up it was time to protest. Their Union leader is a $300k overpaid buffoon who spent millions of dollars of union funds on Superbowl commercials to bad mouth their own employer. They are on the doorstep of a reality check the rest of non union employees face everyday.

    • Bob White

      The American union supports Unifor including the Superbowl adds.

      Why should a select few get all the money?

      BTW 300K isn’t big money these days to be the head of an organisation. The average Canadian CEO get over 10 million.

  • Adilos Nave

    I always wondered how Sting came up with some of the lyrics on the Soul Cages album. Now I know. He is incredible live.

  • Mr. EP9

    That’s not going to save them.

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