TORONTO – The union representing workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., are promising “one hell of a fight” after the automaker announced it would close the location along with four other facilities in the U.S.

Jerry Dias, national president of Unifor, said the union will fight against the planned move “tooth and nail.”

“They are not closing our damn plant without one hell of a fight.” Dias said to cheers from union members.

“Cause you see we’re sick and tired of General motors shipping all of our jobs to Mexico.”

Dias said the plant has won “every award” and was the best by “every matrix.”

“We are sick and tired of being pushed around. And we’re not going to be pushed around… we deserve respect,” he said.

GM is shutting down the plant in 2019, putting more than 2,500 employees out of work, as the automobile giant forges ahead with its global restructuring plan.

GM said it is taking steps to improve its “overall business performance” by reorganizing its global product development staff, realigning its manufacturing capacity and reducing the salaried workforce.

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“The actions we are taking today continue our transformation to be highly agile, resilient and profitable, while giving us the flexibility to invest in the future,” GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a media release.

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