Shutdown in Quebec halts logging shipments

OTTAWA (Feb. 2, 2000) — A strike by owner-operators in Quebec halted lumber shipments in the Gaspe and Saguenay-Lac St. Jean regions, La Presse newspaper reported. However, local agreements between truckers and forest companies have kept shipments going elsewhere.

About 900 truckers in the two regions are refusing to haul logs and other forest products, the newspaper said, in protest against rising diesel fuel prices, the newspaper said.

Recent price hikes have added an estimated $800 per week to the truckers’ costs.

The strike comes at a busy time for logging firms, as the frozen ground and winter roads make it easier for trucks to work deeper in forested areas.

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