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Deal met to avoid shutdown at Port Metro Vancouver 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Port Metro Vancouver. (FILE PHOTO)

Port Metro Vancouver. (FILE PHOTO)

A deal averting a strike by unionized truckers at Port Metro Vancouver was reach Thursday afternoon as independent truckers await a vote on their job action.

Hundreds of unionized truckers represented by Unifor had threatened to walk off the job at Thursday noon if an agreement to avoid a work stoppage wasn’t struck.

Independent truckers, represented by the United Truckers Association, stopped hauling last week. Mediator Vince Ready was then brought in to work out a deal between the truckers and PMV.

Ready negotiated a deal between the parties in 2005 after a nearly two-month work stoppage.

On Thursday, he managed to get Unifor to agree on not taking any action while a 60-day review of the situation is conducted followed by negotiations.

The UTA said it would continue its job action until Saturday when it will hold a vote on Ready’s agreement.

The drivers said they’re fed up with long waits and low rates at the port.

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