B.C. trucker talks break down…again

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Talks have once again broken off between Vancouver-area container truckers and their employers.

Employers have said the demands made by container haulers are unrealistic. Bob Simpson of Team Transport Services told local media drivers have asked for a 30 per cent rate increase plus another 30 per cent in other monetary demands.

The employer of about 40 drivers says the truckers have to be more realistic. Another employer, Richard Longpre, agrees, saying the courts and labour board will have to intervene unless drivers tone down their demands.

The strike has lasted more than two weeks now and the container backlog at the Port of Vancouver continues to build. Simpson told local media some ports will reach their container saturation point today.

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