TORONTO (Reuters) - An Ontario court reserved a decision on Thursday on whether to grant an injunction sought by General Motors of Canada to end a nine-day blockade of its Oshawa, Ontario, headquarters by the Canadian Auto Workers union, the automaker said.
The union set up the blockade a day after GM said it would shut its Oshawa truck plant in September 2009. GM’s announcement came just two weeks after the two sides signed a collective agreement in which the company said it would keep the plant open until 2011.
GM Canada spokesman Stew Low said the judge in the case said he will make a decision on the injunction as soon as possible.
GM is arguing for an injunction to end the union’s action and for C$1.5 million ($1.5 million) in compensation from the Oshawa local of the CAW and five of its members.
Shortly after the case began in a Whitby, Ontario, court, several hundred CAW members and their supporters kicked off a “solidarity” rally near the Oshawa truck plant.
The plant, which employs 2,600 union members, is one of four North American plants that GM will close as it shifts its focus to more fuel efficient vehicles in response to changing customer demand as gasoline prices soar.
The blockade of GM Canada’s headquarters has forced about 1,000 office staff to work from home or hotel meeting rooms.
Reporting by Frank Pingue; editing by Peter Galloway