SURREY, B.C. — Changes put in place to improve the working conditions for truckers who haul into and out of Port Metro Vancouver aren’t making drivers happy.
As reported earlier, a new rate structure was recently implemented but the new payment plan is being described as “sector-wide wage cuts” by Unifor, which represents unionized drivers at the port.
“A deal is a deal. Truck drivers have every right to expect that the wages and round-trip rates negotiated will be honoured,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor’s BC area director.
“We’re used to companies undercutting each other, but the BC government is undercutting the rates we negotiated with them in March. This will not bring labour peace at the Port,” said Paul Johal, president of Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers’ Association (VCTA).
Unifor has organized a meeting that is scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 21 at 2:00 PM at the Dhaliwal Banquet Hall, located at 8166 128th Street, in Surrey, B.C. It is open to union and non-union container truck drivers from across Metro Vancouver.