More Progress Needed at Vancouver Port to Avoid Strike Action

February 5, 2009, 8:52 AM EST

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Union officials representing truckers at Port Metro Vancouver are pleased the BC government has taken positive steps to deal with enforcement issues of port passes, but said more needs to be done to avoid strike action.

Paul Johal, President of CAW Local 2006 blasted Port Metro Vancouver for its refusal to issue a full moratorium on new port licenses for all truckers in an effort to protect jobs.

Johal said that while the government has agreed to increase auditing of trucking companies and to penalize those found in violation of the existing Truck Licensing Agreement, the Vancouver port is still granting new licenses to trucking companies.

"There are too many trucks working the port and the overcrowding is causing long wait times, which is reducing the amount of work and making it impossible for our members to earn a decent living," said Johal.

"We are asking that the provincial government ensure a fair moratorium is established on all new licenses applying to owner-operators as well as company-owned trucks."

The union has delayed a membership strike vote in the hopes that the situation can be resolved between the union, government and port authority, but warned truckers will take whatever action necessary to protect their jobs.

CAW Local 2006 represents 750 truckers at the Vancouver port, many of whom are owner-operators.

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