TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and members of the Sikh trucking community have come together to address common concerns.
The two groups met over the weekend at the OTA’s offices. More than 40 representatives from the OTA and the Canadian Sikh Association (CSA) participated. The Sikh drivers expressed concerns about their rights to wear their turbans, however much of the discussion focused on issues that are universal across the industry, the OTA reports.
“Trucking is trucking, in the end. Most of the issues raised are the same everywhere, regardless of carrier size or the ethnic origin of carriers and owner-operators,” said OTA president David Bradley. “While this was the first meeting of its kind, everyone who attended agreed it was very constructive.”
“Going into the meeting we were not sure what to expect, but we were received very well by OTA and its board members who were in attendance,” said Simran Kaur Chattha, chair of the Canadian Sikh Association. “Through dialogue we hope to promote a better understanding between Sikh truckers and the membership of OTA which is a very effective voice for the industry.”