Truckers strike enters second week
After several rounds of talks, representatives of trucking companies and Container Trucking Association of Ontario are reportedly close to an agreement. Truckers withdrew their services on September 8. They are upset with low service rates, long working hours, long unpaid wait time and rising costs of operation and maintenance.
According to the association sources, truckers’ major demands are met in the final offer given by company representatives and talks are on to sort out some remaining issues. “ We are trying to get a deal that will revive our industry in the region”, said Jawinder Singh Brar, vice president of the association.
Container Trucking Association of Ontario has more than 500 members and is the largest body of the container truckers. Truckers are not unionized and they are also demanding from the federal government to be classified as skilled workers so that they could have union representation.
Striking truckers are picketing in the parking lot of Dixie Gurdwara and CP/ CN rail yards in the region.
Majority of the truckers are from South Asian community and trucking is one of the biggest professions in Peel’s Punjabi community. Federal candidates from all major parties have also expressed their support and solidarity for the truckers and many of them visited the main picketing site at Dixie Gurdwara last week. They say that crisis in trucking economy affects a large number of families in our ridings and it is a big social issue in our community.