Qualtech Seating Systems has cut 24 London jobs

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The loss of a vehicle-production line at Ingersoll’s Cami assembly plant has trickled down, forcing two-dozen job losses at a London parts plant.

Qualtech Seating Systems, located on Sovereign Road, has cut 24 jobs after GM Canada shifted production of its Terrain crossover vehicle to a plant in Mexico, from Cami.

Qualtech makes seating systems for the GM plant. The workers were off the job as of Friday.

“When you lose work from an assembly plant it has a devastating effect downstream with parts workers,” said Jim Reid, chairperson of Unifor Local 27, which represents about 1,200 parts workers at several plants in London and area.

“That is why the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) talks on right now are so essential.”

Qualtech workers are represented by a different Unifor local.

Qualtech has about 350 employees. Magna Corp., which owns Qualtech, confirmed the layoff information but declined further comment.

The company is assisting where possible to help relocate employees to other Magna plants, according to its statement.

Cami is now in talks with GM Canada on a new collective agreement. When it lost production of the Terrain to Mexico, 424 jobs at the huge Ingersoll assembly plant were cut.


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