(Montreal) The union representing 9,000 Fiat Chrysler (FCA) workers in Canada announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement in principle with the manufacturer providing for the assembly of electric vehicles and the creation of 2,000 jobs.
In addition, Fiat Chrysler is committing to invest approximately $ 1.5 billion in a new assembly platform at its plant in Windsor, southern Ontario, as part of the three-year agreement. years, Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, said in a statement.
The deal, which rules out the threat of a strike, calls for the assembly of hybrid and electric vehicles in Windsor, with production of at least one model in 2025, he said.
Two thousand jobs are to be created in 2024 at the Windsor plant, according to the union. The group had cut 1,500 jobs in Ontario this summer.
The agreement also includes a $ 50 million investment in the assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario.
Employees still have to ratify it in a virtual vote scheduled for Sunday and Monday.
It provides for wage increases of 5% and is based on that endorsed in September by Ford employees in Canada.
The Unifor union plans to begin negotiations next week with General Motors for the renewal of the collective agreement for the group’s employees in Canada.
After the deal was struck at Ford, the group announced a C $ 1.8 billion (€ 1.2 billion) investment in electric vehicle production at its Oakville plant in the west of Toronto, with assistance of almost $ 600 million from the Canadian and Ontario governments.
The three big North American groups and the Japanese manufacturers Toyota and Honda have a total of 44,000 employees in their assembly lines in Ontario, according to Unifor.
Canada exported approximately $ 80 billion in vehicles and parts in 2019, almost exclusively to North America, equivalent to 13% of its total exports, according to official statistics.