Port shutdown anniversary: one year later and many government promises unfulfilled

VANCOUVER, March 26, 2015 /CNW/ - The 2014 port dispute ended one year ago today with a deal signed by the Premier but the government refuses to meet all of its obligations says the largest union in the container trucking sector.

"A deal is a deal. Truckers have held up their end of the bargain and have been more than patient," said Jerry Dias, Unifor's National President. "12 months have passed and hard-working truckers are still waiting for the rates and regulations promised to them by the government."

"Instead of getting to work for truckers, the BC government is spending public funds on radio ads that make statements about the sector that are false," said Dias.

Container truckers shut down Port Metro Vancouver for nearly four weeks in March 2014 as a result of undercutting by trucking companies and long wait times at the Port. Truckers went back to work after a Joint Action Plan was signed with the truckers, the Port, the BC government, and the federal government.

Unifor has published a report card detailing all of the areas for which the government has failed to live up to its word.

"Truckers work hard around the clock to keep goods moving in and out of the Port," said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor's BC Area Director. "They are a vital part of the region's economy and they deserve what the government promised them."

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 305,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.

SOURCE Unifor

Image with caption: "Christy Clark took centre stage in March 2014 after signing a Joint Action Plan to end the port dispute. Truckers say the deal hasn’t been fully implemented. (CNW Group/Unifor)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150326_C3036_PHOTO_EN_13623.jpg

For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@Unifor.org


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