TORONTO, Ont. — The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) is calling on government to order striking Toronto-area container truckers back to work.
The Container Trucking Association of Ontario (CTAO) has been on strike since Sept. 8. CIFFA says the shutdown is having a major affect on its members’ abilities to move freight.
International freight forwarders are the foremost experts in cargo transportation solutions and an essential partner in advancing the Canadian economy and the economic prosperity of Canadians,” the organization wrote in a letter to four key provincial and federal ministers.
“On behalf of our members and their customers – Canadian importers and exporters, we urge you to take immediate action to ensure that Canada’s cargo moves in an unimpeded manner during the action by independent trucker members of the Container Trucking Association of Ontario (CTAO). Negotiations are stalling and we implore you to introduce an independent mediator into the labour conflict between CTAO members and container drayage carriers to end the dispute and to facilitate the resumption of business in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).”
CIFFA said its member are being “severely impacted” by the dispute.
“This action is not only impacting container terminals in the GTA regions but ocean carriers, rail carriers, trucking companies and so many more stakeholders including consumers all across the country,” CIFFA wrote. “The GTA is but one link in the entire supply chain and goods move into and through this area to reach other parts of the country. Any delays in shipping and receiving goods means loss of business, and a resulting negative impact on Canada’s image as a reliable trading partner, not to mention the rising costs for companies and firms ready, willing and available to provide their services.”
CIFFA also complained striking truckers have committed documented acts of vandalism to truck and equipment trying to service the industry.
“We fully support rights to protest,” CIFFA wrote. “We do not support acts that prevent individuals to freely work if they wish to do so. CIFFA and its membership urge the governments to take action to swiftly end this dispute. We urge you to act quickly before irreparable damage is done to Canadian businesses and economy.”