United Auto Parts and GM announced Friday that they would be closing all of their U.K. manufacturing operations, and said that they were terminating plans to add new assembly lines in the United States.
The company’s announcement came in response to the announcement by Ford Motor Co., the world’s largest automaker, that it would add 600 jobs at its plant in Kentucky.
Ford said it would cut the number of jobs in the U.N. plant in Louisville and would shut its U.P.A. plant there.
GM said it had cut jobs in Mexico, where it has a plant, and it had announced plans to cut 1,500 jobs.GM said it was canceling plans to invest in its plant at Winton, Ont., and in new factories at Detroit and Lansing, Mich.
The U.s. company is also canceling its plans to build a new factory at its Lansing, Michigan, factory.
In a news release, United Auto Workers President Mike Pohlad called the decision “an incredibly painful blow for workers and our country.GM’s announcement today is a clear signal that its priorities have shifted away from America’s future, and we are asking our member companies to stop investing in the American Dream and to instead focus on meeting U.C.M.’s strategic and economic priorities.”
The company said it plans to sell about 3,000 of its cars to U.W. customers.
United Auto workers and the UAW have been locked in a fight for a minimum wage increase for years.
In recent years, the UFW has been pushing for a $15-per-hour wage and other concessions, while GM and Ford have refused.