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The Port Metro Vancouver has threatened to suspend or terminate the licences of striking container truckers at the country’s busiest port if they did not return to the job immediately.
Rob Silvester, Port Metro Vancouver chief executive, said the port was ready to move ahead with plan put forth by the federal appointed mediator to the dispute, Vince Ready, despite lingering concerns by the truckers.
“The goal is simple, to get Port Metro Vancouver back to full operations,” Mr. Silvester said in a statement late Sunday.
Hundreds of truckers have withdrawn their service at the Port Metro Vancouver Wednesday and say there are in talks with their unionized counterparts about potentially joining their protest, doubling its size at the country’s busiest port.
The United Truckers Association, a non-profit group representing both unionized and non-unionized truck drivers at the port, are leading the work stoppage to protest what they say are long line-ups, wait times, and ‘unfair’ practices at the port.
Unifor, the country’s largest private sector union, says it will hold a strike vote Saturday that could see its members join hundreds of other truckers who walked off the job at the Port Metro Vancouver Wednesday.
Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor area director for B.C., said he had no doubt the union would get a strike mandate from its members.
“We think it will mean a complete shutdown of the ports in Vancouver,” he said.
The collapse of Q1 GDP has been placed squarely on the shoulders of weather (too hot, too cold, and definitely not just right) and the dockworkers strike which shut 29 seaports. As Q1 GDP plunged, so Q2 was lifted hockey-stick-like to keep the growth dream alive but so far in Q2, data has not shown the bounce expected... so we are going to need a bigger excuse.
The B.C. government says it is prepared to introduce back-to-work legislation as early as Monday to put an end to the ongoing strike by unionized truckers at the Port Metro Vancouver.
The port authority also said Wednesday it will push ahead with its plans to terminate the licenses of truckers striking at the port, including the non-unionized truckers on the picket lines.
The American Trucking Associations reports that freight traffic has climbed steadily since late last year. This April was almost 10 percent better than a year earlier, according to the ATA. Business has reached pre-recession levels -- and times are so good that some trucking companies can't keep up with demand.
Canadian shippers are bracing for a work stoppage Wednesday at the Port Metro Vancouver by truckers there who are protesting what they claim are long lineups and wait times, and other “unfair” practices at the country’s busiest port.
The United Truckers Association, a non-profit group representing unionized and non-unionized truckers, served 48 notice of the work stoppage Monday in an email to the Port Metro Vancouver.
VICTORIA — B.C.’s Liberal government has followed through with its promise to table back-to-work legislation for unionized truckers on strike at Port Metro Vancouver, with heavy penalties for not complying.
Labour Minister Shirley Bond says the legislation calls for a 90-day cooling off period and applies only to the 250 unionized truckers who serve at Canada’s largest port.
The legislation includes penalties of up to $400 per day for workers and $10,000 per day for the union or employer for contravening the legislation.
The Port Metro Vancouver said it will be ramping up security at the country’s busiest port Monday after a group of container truckers there represented by Unifor rejected the framework for them to return to work over the weekend.
Robin Silvester, Port Metro Vancouver chief executive, said the protest by the disgruntled truckers and their non-unionized counterparts is costing the port and its various stakeholders roughly $885-million a week.
“Goods are not moving and that is bad news for consumers and businesses,” he said in a statement late Sunday.