There are signs of easing tensions in a long running labour dispute at Port Metro Vancouver since a change in leadership at the Container Trucking Commissioner’s office.
Veteran labour mediators Corinn Bell and Vince Ready were appointed to the office on an acting basis earlier this month.
Unifor’s Gavin McGarrigle says since then truckers have been invited to a key stakeholder’s committee.
“They’ve invited us to be a part of the drayage advisory committee, which the previous commissioner had excluded us from, which was strange given that we are the union that represents the largest number of drivers at the port.”
McGarrigle says there’s been no movement on the key issue of unpaid wages owed to truckers by six companies.
“I think what we need is to have some decisions by the new commissioners to take action against those who haven’t been paying. But to do that, understandably, they need to finish their audits.”
He says Ready and Bell are currently auditing the companies and he’s hoping for an update when they meet next month.