Canadian Auto Workers Announce Agreement to End Stellantis Strike

Published on October 30, 2023 in News by AFP

Canadian auto workers union Unifor, which represents employees at Stellantis plants, said Monday a tentative deal had been reached with the European giant, bringing an end to a brief strike.

Some 8,200 workers in Windsor and Brampton, Ontario had briefly gone on strike after failing to reach an agreement late Sunday. Hours later, Unifor announced an agreement to end the Canadian walkout.

The two sides "continued to work overnight to settle the outstanding issues that remained on the table following the strike deadline," said Unifor president Lana Payne in a statement.

No details of the terms of the agreement were shared, but Payne said it "meets both the core economic demands in the union's pattern agreement and our Stellantis specific demands."

Workers were demanding a general wage increase and pension improvements.

Photo: Stellantis

Unifor used a deal reached last month with Ford as a blueprint for talks with General Motors (GM) and Stellantis, rather than negotiating with all three automakers at once.

A settlement at GM followed a 14-hour strike in early October.

That agreement included a base hourly wage increase of nearly 20 percent for production and 25 percent for skilled trades over the lifetime of the deal. It also gave all full-time temporary workers permanent status.

The work stoppage in Canada has no impact on the United Auto Workers (UAW) strikes in the United States targeting Stellantis, which reached a preliminary deal with the union Saturday, as well as Detroit giants Ford and GM.

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