Standoff continues in Vancouver port strike

| Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The standoff between striking container truck drivers and trucking companies in Vancouver, Canada, is now in its fourth week – and there’s no sign of a compromise.

The companies contend the 1,000 owner-operators are being unreasonable in rejecting rate hikes averaging 28 percent. The striking drivers are also seeking a fuel surcharge.

Meanwhile, container ships are still docking at the Port of Vancouver, but they’re only off-loading containers that are carried by rail. Truck containers are being diverted to Seattle, where a port official says they will be stored until the Canadian strike is over.