Strike Two: Vancouver Port Truckers Reject Deal Again

VANCOUVER, BC — Container truckers at Port Metro Vancouver are still striking on Monday after a government and port authority plan to end the job action at Canada’s largest port failed to make headway on the weekend.

On Thursday, the port authority, federal and provincial governments revealed a 14-point plan to address the concerns of striking drivers such as wages, long wait times at container facilities and industry oversight. 

But Gavin McGarrigle, BC area director for Unifor, the union that represents about 400 drivers, said it responded to the plan with some questions and was told it would get no answers until truckers returned to work.

Truckers were told by representatives of the port and government to “to take it or leave it,” said Manny Dosange, spokesman for the United Trucking Association, which speaks for about 1,000 independent drivers.

“Our members are not prepared to do that,” Dosange said in an interview with Reuters

Hundreds of non-union drivers parked their rigs on Feb. 26 in protest over services and pay at the city’s port facilities. Unionized workers voted to join the strike just days later and officially walked off the job soon after.

The two-and-a-half week long strike has crippled operations at Port Metro Vancouver’s container terminals, slowing the transport of goods such as lumber, wine, construction materials and many more.

For more information on the strike’s development over the past two-and-a-half weeks, see Today’s Trucking’s coverage:

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