There could be more strike action by truckers servicing Metro Vancouver ports, but not before Labour Day.
Federal and provincial authorities spent nearly two hours meeting with union and non-union leaders who say more than 12-hundred drivers are still waiting for improvements promised in March.
“The members need to go hourly, so there’s no undercutting involved.”
Manny Dhillon with the United Truckers Association says the situation has been escalating since drivers agreed to end four weeks of crippling job action.
“It’s been 90 days and nothing solid was being done. Everybody has to be under one umbrella and pay those rates.”
Mid-September is the new deadline set, with drivers recommending legislation to protect minimum pay rates, now being ignored by some truck companies.
Gavin McGarrigle with Unifor says the 400 members in his union don’t want to walk off the job again, but they may have no choice.
“It’s very frustrating. I mean, we’ve been attending meetings that have been going on for two hours every single week for the last 90 days and we keep pointing out that the rate is the key issue. The waiting times is important, but that’s sort of like the garnish on the end of the plate and we’re asking for the meat and potatoes of the deal to be done in the timeframe that was clearly set out. We don’t think that’s too much to ask.”
McGarrigle describes today’s meeting with Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and BC’s Todd Stone as a ‘frank’ discussion… in which the politicians agreed certain trucking companies –and their customers– are the problem.
Raitt and Stone left the meeting without talking to reporters.