VANCOUVER, March 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor has served 72-hour notice of
legal strike action on behalf of its container truck driver members in
Vancouver. A strike will commence if agreement on the outstanding
issues cannot be reached by Thursday, March 6 at noon.
"We've attempted to settle this disagreement at the bargaining table and
in discussions with government," said Paul Johal, President of
Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers' Association (VCTA). "But without
any progress on improving rates, dealing with under-cutting, and fixing
growing line-ups at the ports, we have no choice but to take job
Unifor-VCTA's collective agreement expired in June 2012. During that
time, the union has been raising concerns that long line-ups and wait
times at the Port of Vancouver are costing truck drivers money.
Unifor-VCTA is demanding increased rates of pay at the bargaining table
and wants the rates standardized and enforced across the sector to put
an end to under-cutting.
There have been public exchanges between the employers' association and
the Port of Metro Vancouver (PMV) about some of the outstanding issues,
but the union says that a more collaborative approach with an
independent mediator is required.
"The port authority is working with the employers to cook up a backroom
deal. They are trying to cut the voices of truck drivers out of the
picture," said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor's BC Area Director. "This
labour dispute isn't going be resolved by a top-down approach. Truckers
know the industry best and need to be at the table to develop fair
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
For further information:
please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@unifor.org