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MONTREAL — Yvan Bourgois, the head of the union representing workers at Paccar’s truck plant in Ste-Thrse, Que. has gone on a hunger strike.

Bourgeois is denouncing layoffs the heavy-truck maker is imposing through sporadic closings of the plant. Wednesday he locked himself in his office with only a supply of water.

He is arguing that the company’s employees would be better off if it reduced production and imposed a one-time layoff, with those with less seniority–instead of all employees–being let go for short periods.

The plant is scheduled to close again Feb. 1 and 2.

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