Auto workers need to co-operate in rescue: Canada

Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:04pm EST
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian Auto Workers union needs to co-operate in any proposed government aid package for the struggling auto sector, Industry Minister Tony Clement said on Tuesday.

"It just stands to reason -- and I think Canadians and auto workers would support this -- (that) if we're in a situation where the Canadian government is coming to the table, where the manufacturers and the executives are coming to the table, then I think it's in that spirit of co-operation that we would like the CAW at the table too," he told reporters.

On Monday, CAW President Ken Lewenza, speaking to the National Post newspaper, rejected calls for union members to accept more job cuts as part of any aid package.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer, writing by David Ljunggren; editing by Rob Wilson)