Deal reached to end Vancouver port's trucker strike
Port of Vancouver in Vancouver, B.C. on Sunday March 9, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
Truck drivers on strike at Port Metro Vancouver reached an agreement to end job action Wednesday evening.
The deal means an end to any attempts by the government to pass back-to-work legislation, which the drivers said they would have refused to obey.
More than 350 unionized workers, represented by Unifor, and 1,200 non-union workers began walking off the job in late February over complaints about long wait times and low rates.
Unifor spokesman Paul Johal said the deal addresses those issues and should get the port moving again.
“This is an agreement that working truckers can be satisfied with,” said Johal. “We were also in this position in 2005, so enforcement will be critical to keeping the ports open.”
The agreement applies to the union and non-union truckers.
The government had begun to pass back-to-work legislation Monday and the truckers said the bill would have only made the situation worse.
All parties were holed up in Victoria Wednesday to hammer out the deal after drivers rejected an initial deal by mediator Vince Ready more than two weeks ago.