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Truckers picket Port Metro Vancouver companies that have yet to agree labour deal

Unionized container truck drivers took to the picket lines on Monday in a bid to force two employers to agree a labour deal that the majority of other firms working Port Metro Vancouver have signed off on, according to CBC.

Around 130 drivers participated in the action at two locations – Delta and Richmond.

Unifor – the union representing the port’s union truckers – approved the action as a means to pressure the holdout firms, Harbour Link and Port Transport, to ratify a labour deal that six other trucking companies serving the port agreed to on Sunday.

The major sticking point for the parties is the issue of retroactive pay pertaining to the settlement terms of a previous strike in March last year.

Harbour Link’s main yard in Delta saw picket lines for the first time in this dispute on Monday whereas picketing has already been going on for a week at the Port Transport location in Richmond.

The deal that six trucking firms agreed to with the union should run until July 2019.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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