Container Trucking Association of Ontario Labor Dispute – Day 8
Brampton(Sep 16,2015) Over 800 members of the Container Trucking Association of Ontario (CTAO) are on the fourth day of labor action. Container Truck Drivers who work as Independent Contractors, and have not seen a raise in rates in a decade, even for inflation, despite rising costs including insurance, fuel expenses, plate changes, and vehicle maintenance. CTAO represents drivers who transport intermodal containers from rail yards, gave advanced strike notice on September 8, 2015 at 12:01 pm.
“We are struggling to survive. See the data of the last 10 years. Insurance, fuel expenses, plate charges, truck prices and maintenance expenses have gone up and our wages have gone done. We are in serious trouble.” Jaswinder Brar, CTAO – Vice President
Low rates, high operating costs, extensive wait-times at rail yards, long working hours, and the increased cost of living have created an untenable situation for drivers, who are an integral part of the industry that moves goods across Canada.
“Truckers want to be regulated and classified as skilled work. Lots of abuse and exploitation is going on in the absence of that. Root cause of most our problems lies in this.” Patrick Rhodin, CTAO President
The most recent proposal from the transport companies was rejected unanimously by CTAO membership, and negotiations are suspended until the transport companies submit a new proposal. CTAO will continue this labour action until an agreement can be reached.
The Container Trucking Association of Ontario is a Non for Profit Association dedicated to represent, service and support the needs of Independent Contractors, Small Business Owners and Drivers in the Container Trucking Industry.
Positive update we have is that the transport ceos have been invited reconvene negations with Monte Carlo Inns