VANCOUVER, B.C.–Port Metro Vancouver container truck drivers are threatening to strike as early as Feb. 1 if Transportation Minister Todd Stone does not crack down on alleged non-compliance with the agreement they signed last March to end a 28-day work stoppage.
Representatives of Unifor, the Teamsters and the non-union United Truckers Association met with Stone and federal Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt Thursday to press their case that trucking companies haven’t been paying the rates for container movements between facilities outside of port terminals that were part of the deal brokered by top mediator Vince Ready and Corinn Bell, reported the Vancouver Sun.
They’ve given the minister until Jan. 29 to respond to their complaints.
Drivers have been paid the raise — part of the March agreement — for container deliveries to and from terminals, said Manny Dhillon, spokesman for the United Truckers Association, but government hasn’t enforced the payment of the rates for trips outside of the terminal.
Dhillon argued that other aspects of the agreement — written as a 14-point action plan — that governments are implementing don’t correspond with what the drivers thought they had agreed to.
“The joint action plan should be fulfilled to its core and be implemented properly,” Dhillon said.
The drivers’ representatives said Stone asked for two weeks to respond to the presentation.
The 28-day dispute caused chaos at Port Metro Vancouver, leaving an estimated $3-billion-plus worth of container cargo piled up on the docks (based on a port estimate that truckers handled $126 million worth of goods per day). That left shippers with hefty storage bills and hampered exports