Liberal candidates support truckers strike
BRAMPTON/ September 9, 2015
Middle- and working-class Canadians are facing unprecedented economic challenges and deserve support, Brampton Liberal candidates said this week.
“Many hard working residents of my riding are employed in the trucking industry,” said Brampton North Liberal candidate Ruby Sahota. “Working longer hours for less pay is not the Canadian dream. A Liberal government will support families so that we can all succeed, together.”
“Instead of helping families by building a stronger economy and strengthening our social supports, the Conservatives have cut taxes to the very rich and ignored the needs of everyday people” said Brampton South Liberal candidate Sonia Sidhu. “The right to strike peacefully and express concerns in a public forum is fundamental to Canadian values.”
“ The Liberal party’s historic infrastructure plan will help ease gridlock and fight the traffic and inefficiencies truck drivers face on a daily basis,” said Brampton East Liberal candidate Raj Grewal. “The lack of wage growth truckers have faced in the last 10 years, and the difficulties they see as middle class Canadians through Harper’s failed economic policies must be addressed.”
“The striking workers have not seen meaningful wage increases in over a decade despite rising fuel and maintenance costs,” said Brampton West Liberal Candidate Kamal Khera. “The Harper government has led us into a recession and workers are finding it’s almost impossible to get ahead. A Liberal government would work to create quality jobs that provide a living wage for workers and their families.”
Sidhu, Sahota, Khera and Grewal visited truckers on strike at the Dixie Gurdwara to hear their concerns. The truckers are fighting for higher wages to keep up with the cost of living, shorter working hours, and for truckers to be recognized as skilled workers.
The candidates have committed to meeting with the striking workers again to discuss how greater coordination between the Federal and Provincial government and historic infrastructure investments announced by the Liberals last week will create more growth.