Ontario dump truck driver stabbed during protest
A truck driver protesting with fellow members of the Ontario Dump Truck Association (ODTA) was stabbed at a construction site in Vaughan, Ont., and sent to hospital Friday afternoon.
York Regional Police Constable Amy Boudreau said a suspect is in custody and the incident is being investigated. Boudreau said the status of the wounded man’s injuries was not known.
A video supplied by the ODTA shows someone lunging at the protester who falls to the ground. The man walks away with a knife in his hand and climbs into a truck. The victim then stands up and others around him point to his back, and blood can be seen coming from a wound. The video ends as the truck drives away.
ODTA said in a press release that its members have been targeted by large construction companies with threats and intimidation since the job action began.
“Members were peacefully protesting at the job site. It’s a shame on this industry for having something like this happen,” ODTA spokesman Bob Punia told TruckNews.com. “We need to hold people accountable. These people are practicing their right to protest, given to us under the Charter, and to have someone stabbed and hospitalized, it is not something that we condone.”
Punia said the association will support the victim and his family and called on all levels of government to find solutions for the industry’s problems.
The ODTA members have been participating in several job actions this week, protesting stagnant wages in the face of increasing operating costs. They’ve also highlighted labor issues and safety regulations.
Hundreds of aggregate haulers have been protesting outside Ontario quarries over the past 12 days, demanding higher rates.
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Stabbing someone is that not attempted murder asking for a friend
Yes it is. Not sure what the other comment was about… killers on the payroll? Didn’t see that anywhere.
These people and all lease ops and foreign drivers including foreign students that drive truck need min wage rates and hourly rates for the trucks. Some dump truck lease ops are in a bad spot if they get sick or injured. Follow the money.
Come on … really ????
To insinuate that the large quarry operators have hired killers on the payroll is down right, flat out, without a doubt, the single stupidest thing I have ever heard from a trucker.
Obviously somebody has watched the movie “The Irishman” one too many times.
THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY IS AND HAS FALLEN VICTIM OF OUT OF CONTROL OPERATING COSTS AND LOW RATES ALONG WITH LOW WAGES DO TO RATE CUTTING AND EXPLOITATION OF DRIVERS. ALSO, THE LACK OF ATTENTION DEMONSTRATED BY ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT NOT TO IMMEDIATELY ADDRESS THE UNSUBSTANTIATED COST OF DIESEL FUEL. TODAYS PRICE, MARCH 28, 2022, DIESEL WAS AT $2.079 COMPARED TO GAS AT 1.709 PER LITRE. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS SINCE DIESEL IS LESS EXPENSIVE TO PRODUCE THAN GASOLINE. INFLATION, ONE DOESN’T HAVE TO LOOK FURTHER FOR THE DOMINATE CAUSE. COST OF TRANSPORTATION HAS TO BE PASSED ON AND ABSORBED BY THE CONSUMER. MR PRIME MINISTER AND MR. PREMIER STEP UP AND ADDRESS THIS ONGOING RIP OFF BY THE OIL COMPANIES CEO’S. THEIR POCKETS ARE FULL AND OVERFLOWING. THE TIME HAS COME FOR ACTION.
We need a better solution too many foreign drivers ( students) are getting hurt then sent back to the country they came from . Too many sick injured truck drivers end homeless without proper medical supplies or proper food after Ford gov cut funding.