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Violence, Sabotage & Strike: What’s Going On at Port Metro Vancouver?

Intimidation. Brake traces lower. A thrown rock smashing via the window of a truck touring 70 kilometers per hour on the freeway.

It’s getting actual at Port Metro Vancouver!

Port Metro Vancouver posted the under safety video on Youtube ellegedly of United Truckers Affiliation (UTA) members stopping a truck attempting to achieve entry to Port Metro Vancouver and sabotaging it. The video helped the port acquire a federal injuction to forestall protesting truckers from disrupting port actions.

Port Metro Vancouver is the most important port in Canada, eh? The identical Canada that our media likes to make enjoyable of, stereotyping it as overly pleasant and passive?

I suppose it’s not so passive with regards to cargo trucking.

We haven’t actually talked a lot in regards to the truckers’ strike occurring at Port Metro Vancouver. However you’d higher consider we’re listening to the scenario. And different transport trade professionals, together with carriers/transport traces, are watching very intently too.

The scenario retains heating up. So what’s occurring at Port Metro Vancouver?

It’s been a tough winter for truckers throughout North America. Unusually harsh winter climate, particularly within the Midwest and East Coast, has brought on delays within the provide chain and been very troublesome and expensive for truckers.

Many truckers who decide up import cargo and drop off export cargo at Port Metro Vancouver have had sufficient.

Final week, on Wednesday, non-union members of UTA went on strike at Port Metro Vancouver over wages and wait instances for choosing up cargo. Then on Saturday Unifor members, the unionized UTA colleagues of the truckers already placing, voted unanimously to affix the strike.

“… members voted 100 per cent in favor of job motion over lengthy line-ups and wait instances on the Port of Vancouver taking cash out of truckers’ pockets.” [1]

It appears everybody, even the port, agree that wait instances are too lengthy; nevertheless, Port Metro Vancouver has offered numbers in a press launch to recommend the common truck isn’t ready excessively lengthy on the port:

Although just lately wait instances have often been lengthy as a consequence of unusually extreme climate within the east and elsewhere, GPS information reveals the common truck wait time is effectively inside trade requirements. Sixty-four per cent of vans are ready lower than one hour to select up or drop off cargo, whereas lower than 5% are ready longer than two hours.[2]

Clearly, truckers don’t suppose that’s ok. However Port Metro Vancouver doesn’t seem happy with these wait instances both as they’re engaged on enhancements. The port went on within the press launch to say:

We’re working with terminal operators and key stakeholders to scale back wait instances. The aim for 2014 is to scale back wait instances to lower than one hour, 75% of the time. The long-term aim is to have 100% of wait instances below one hour.

Work being accomplished to scale back weight instances for truckers couldn’t stop a truckers’ strike. It’s essential to not overlook that wages are a key think about why truckers are placing.

“Container truckers, like employees throughout this nation, make the economic system work,” mentioned Unifor’s nationwide president, Jerry Dias, in a press release. “They need to be compensated pretty for his or her position in producing wealth, but when employees can’t share in that wealth, we’ll assist shut that port down till they get it.”[3]

Wages are set by trucking firms, not ports. Trucking firms below bidding one another to get enterprise from shippers performs a big position in pushing truckers’ wages down. After all, shutting down the port hurts trucking firms and shippers alike.

Regardless of the strike, all terminals at Port Metro Vancouver have remained open and operational. Although you may not say operations on the port haven’t been affected.

Because the strike started, there have been reviews of intimidation, sabotage, and violence in opposition to truckers who’re nonetheless making an attempt to entry the port.

Even after the injunction to cease disgruntled truckers and others from impeding any people or autos from getting into or exiting the port, these reviews of violence and threats proceed.

Essentially the most dramatic instance of violence linked to the truckers’ strike I’ve seen to date is the one talked about within the opening. A trucker was hit within the head by a rock thrown via his window as he was driving 70 kilometers per hour. The assault might simply have killed him and different motorists on the freeway.

Right here’s a CBC Information video on the story:

We’ll have extra on the truckers’ strike at Port Metro Vancouver in our subsequent weblog.

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