TORONTO – Workers at General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario staged a sit-down protest that interrupted production for about two hours on Wednesday morning, a union spokeswoman said, following a similar protest late on Tuesday.
The action came after Unifor, the union representing the autoworkers, failed to win GM's support for its proposals to save the plant. Unifor, which has vowed to block GM's plan to close Oshawa by the end of 2019, met with GM officials in Detroit on Tuesday.
"Workers are now returning to the line with production expected to resume shortly," Unifor spokeswoman Kathleen O'Keefe said. While production was affected for approximately two hours, a full shut-down was intermittent.
On Tuesday night, production stopped for nearly five hours after workers downed their tools, the union said.
It was unclear if a second shift on Wednesday would interrupt production and what impact the protests had on output.