Media Advisory - Unifor to file court action over wages owed to container truck drivers

VANCOUVER, Aug. 4, 2015 /CNW/ - Unifor will file papers today in provincial court to seek relief against Container Trucking Commissioner Andy Smith for his refusal to enforce the wages owed to container truck drivers as part of the March 2014 Joint Action Plan.

"It is clear to us that the Commissioner isn't interested in enforcing the wage rates, which will only lead to more under-cutting and chaos," said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor's BC Area Director. "We're seeking justice and the wages owed to container truck drivers in Metro Vancouver."

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

WHAT: Filing of court proceedings against the Office of the BC Container Trucking Commissioner
WHERE: BC Supreme Court, 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver
WHEN: Tuesday, August 4, 10:30 a.m.
WHO: Unifor BC Area Director Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers' Association President Paul Johal, and legal couns

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.


For further information:

Please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or

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