Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that due to sluggish sales of its Chrysler Pacifica, it has decided to shut down its third shift at its Windsor Ontario plant.
According to the Windsor Star, some 1,500 workers will be affected by the shutdown of the shift that is set to happen in September.
In an email, FCA Canada head of communications LouAnn Gosselin said “In order to better align production with global demand at its Windsor Assembly Plant, FCA notified Unifor today that it intends to return the plant to a traditional two-shift operation, beginning Sept. 30, 2019.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, said in a statement following the announcement: “I am very disappointed by the news coming from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) plant in Windsor. My immediate thoughts are with the affected employees, their families and the community of Windsor. I will be travelling to Windsor to offer our government’s unwavering support for these workers and their families, and our commitment to fight for their jobs.
“Despite this bad news resulting from a decline in global demand, Canada’s auto sector remains strong. With our advanced tech ecosystem, unrivaled market access and highly integrated North American supply chain, our highly skilled auto workers are uniquely positioned to design and build the cars of today and tomorrow.”