|B.C. container truckers rally held in Greater Vancouver area
|Container truck drivers from British Columbia’s Lower Mainland participated
in a major demonstration as a convoy of more than 500 container trucks
passed through the Lower Mainland that began in North Delta and ended at
a rally in Vancouver on July 7.
CAW Local 2006 members who took part in the event are calling on the
Federal government to extend a 2005 agreement that aims to protect
industry wages against unfair competition, capping the number of new
container trucks in operation and better enforcement mechanisms for
drivers who access Vancouver ports.
This demonstration comes two years after container truckers in Vancouver
launched a six-week work stoppage protesting the deterioration of local
industry wages and the lack of government regulation to stop competitors
from undercutting pay rates.
In an effort to end the 2005 dispute, the Federal government established a
memorandum of agreement – often referred to as the “Ready Report” after
its author, mediator Vince Ready – that imposed common wage rates on all
companies that hire truck drivers in order to prevent, what CAW Local 2006
President Paul Johal termed, a “race to the bottom.” The 2005 agreement is
set to expire on August 2.
|“We do not want another port crisis,” said Johal as reported in the Vancouver Sun. “But we will not go backwards. We believe the Ready Report that resulted
from the 2005 dispute should be extended while we look for permanent solutions.”
CAW National Council 4000 represents over 360 container truck drivers across Canada who are owner operators for CN Transportation Ltd., which includes 65
drivers who work in the B.C. Lower Mainland and are based at CN's Vancouver Intermodal Terminal in Surrey.
Source: CAW NewsNow