Unifor workers at Stellantis strike as deal deadline passes

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TORONTO — Unifor says Canadian autoworkers have gone on strike at Stellantis operations in Canada after failing to reach a deal by Sunday’s deadline.

A statement from the union says more than 8,200 workers have walked off the job at all Stellantis facilities.

Unifor National President Lana Payne says the union has made progress and will continue to negotiate through the night.

Unifor has said it is trying to get Stellantis to agree to the same core economic terms the union has reached with Ford Motor Co. and General Motors, along with issues specific to the global automaker behind such brands as Fiat and Jeep.

Union members at the other two companies have already ratified deals that will see workers get close to 20 per cent wage gains over three years, among numerous other improvements.

Stellantis saw escalating strikes over the past six weeks from United Auto Workers members at its U.S. operations, but the company reached a tentative deal with the union as of Saturday.

A statement from Stellantis says they are “extremely disappointed” in Unifor’s strike action and will continue to bargain until an agreement is reached.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 30, 2023.

The Canadian Press

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