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[Question #683950]: Nemak employees return to work after Unifor tears down blockade


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Nearly 300 Nemak employees are heading back to work after Unifor tore down its blockade late Sunday when both sides agreed to negotiate about the plant's future.

The union made a list of demands late Saturday night, which included three face-to-face meetings with Nemak. Unifor said its goal is to get the auto parts manufacturer to honour an agreement and keep the plant open until at least 2022.

"Hopefully we can get that resolved as soon as possible," said Unifor Local 200 president John D'Agnolo.

In July, Nemak announced the plant would close next year. If nothing can be resolved during these talks, it will move to an expedited arbitration. Unifor National President Jerry Dias has said the company is closing the plant to move production to Mexico in 2020. 

The 270 employees have been protesting, and blocking all entrances, since Labour Day, nearly two weeks ago.

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