VANCOUVER, B.C. — The head of Port Metro Vancouver says the port is implementing a 14-point plant to improve working conditions there and that truck drivers should report to work immediately.
“We are ready to move ahead with the 14-point joint action plan released on Thursday, March 13,” said Robin Silvester, president and CEO of Port Metro Vancouver. “The goal is simple, to get Port Metro Vancouver back to full operations. The action plan was facilitated by both Transport Canada and British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. It addresses concerns raised by truckers in areas such as compensation and wait times, and is a means to get port operations back to normal.”
The port issued a statement Sunday night saying that once the port returns to full operations, the complete action plan will be implemented.
“The efficient movement of marine containers through Port Metro Vancouver is critical to Canada’s Asia Pacific Gateway and Canada’s economy,” added Silvester. “Truckers have Port Metro Vancouver issued permits that allow them, through trucking companies, to provide service to terminals at the port. A continued refusal by some truckers to provide such service is likely to result in suspension or termination of their permits by Port Metro Vancouver.”
The 14-point joint action plan can be read here.