The authority in charge of Vancouver-area ports is responding to unionized truckers’ threat of a second strike, saying it is already taking steps to enforce minimum pay rates.
Port Metro Vancouver says it has created a complaint phone line allowing truckers to report companies allegedly underpaying their workers.
John Parker-Jervis of the authority says the province investigates the complaints, and then makes recommendations on penalties, which can be as severe as banning companies from the ports.
Gavin McGarrigle of Unifor has said unionized truckers are frustrated the federal and provincial governments still have not delivered on a promise to establish and enforce a minimum rate of pay for all drivers.
McGarrigle says this is allowing some companies to underpay drivers, adding that if government does not enforce minimum pay rates for all drivers soon, he says more than 400 unionized truckers will go on strike.