RCC members should continue to be aware of developing labour issues at Port Metro Vancouver. Although there was a tentative settlement last week, truckers voted to reject that settlement over the weekend. Monday, unionized truckers joined non-unionized truckers conducting protests at Port Metro Vancouver terminals across British Columbia's Lower Mainland. This disruption will likely impact every retailer who imports goods through Port Metro Vancouver.
The volume of container movement by truck has very significantly decreased. Normally about 2,000 truckers work at Port Metro Vancouver terminals: with both the United Truckers Association and Unifor on strike, between 600 and 700 remain. Port Metro Vancouver says the impact of truckers walking off the job is $885 million per week.
Although the dispute falls within the jurisdiction of the Government of British Columbia, the Federal Minister of Transport appointed the trucker-requested mediator as a "fact-finder" last week. The many parties to the dispute have not met since last Thursday.
Port Metro Vancouver provides regular updates on its web site:
Or you may follow Port Metro Vancouver on Twitter @portmetrovan.
RCC has been in regular contact with Port Metro Vancouver and Government, pressing the importance of bringing a quick end to the disruptions and underscoring the impact that delays will have on retail operations. RCC will continue to work with these authorities and will provide periodic updates.
For information, please contact Greg Wilson, Director, Government Relations, British Columbia at 604-730-5254 or [email protected].