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Unionised drivers reject tentative deal at Canada port

Published on Mar 9, 2014 12:48 PM

VANCOUVER (REUTERS) - Unionised container truck drivers at Port Metro Vancouver voted on Saturday to reject a tentative deal reached earlier this week, setting the stage for an expanded work action at Canada's largest port.

About 400 Unifor-represented drivers will go on strike on Monday, joining hundreds of their non-unionised colleagues who walked off the job on Feb 26 over a long-running dispute about pay and services at the city's port facilities.

"Our members have spoken: the deal was too little, too late," said Mr Paul Johal, president of the Unifor container truck local, in a statement.

Both the unionised and non-unionised truckers are frustrated over long wait times at the port facilities, which they say cut into their profits. They are paid by the load and do not make money while waiting in line to load or unload cargo.

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