Auto strategy needed after Chrysler decision: Unifor

Automaker flies solo, invests in Ontario plants

When auto giant Chrysler recanted its request for financial assistance from the government, it showcased the need for long-term planning in the auto industry, according to Unifor.

Earlier this week, the automaker withdrew its request for funding from the provincial and federal governments in order to invest in assembly plants in Windsor and Brampton, Ont., saying the company would instead go it alone.

The move was lauded by the president of Unifor, Jerry Dias — who said it also foreshadowed the looming need for a more effective auto strategy.

“We are pleased that Chrysler has said it will invest in Windsor,” he said. “We are deeply concerned, however, that in the long-term, we are going to lose an incredible opportunity to secure Ontario’s manufacturing industry well into the future.”

Of particular concern is that key players develop a long-term strategy, which would include public investment, in order to create a strong and competitive manufacturing sector, Dias added.

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