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Protest by truckers won’t slow business: Port Metro Vancouver

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Port Metro Vancouver. (FILE PHOTO)

Port Metro Vancouver. (FILE PHOTO)

Port Metro Vancouver said it will continue normal operations Wednesday morning as hundreds of independent truck drivers prepare a work stoppage to protest working conditions.

The drivers said they want a more efficient system for loading and unloading trucks, as well as fiscal compensation for the time they spend waiting for it to be done once on port property, among other demands.

Until the conditions are met, the United Truckers Association said that its members won’t be working, claiming $100 million a day to the provincial economy is at stake.

But PMV said it’s not worried.

“It will be business as usual at Port Metro Vancouver in spite of the withdrawal of service,” it said in a release.

According to the port, weather conditions across the continent are the reason truckers have faced delays.

Truckers launched similar protests in October.

The port said it is committed to working toward a more efficient operation and pointed out it has put millions into upgrades, including a new elevated roadway to help trucks get past railway lines more quickly.

The UTA it isn’t issuing a response to PMV’s statement, but said drivers will meet Wednesday morning to discuss protest actions.




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