In Canada, the nation’s Retail Council and other business
groups are calling on the government to intervene and end a month-long
trucker’s strike at the Port of Vancouver.
Media sources report that, at a press conference Monday,
July 26, council members said the strike is threatening the livelihood of more
than 150,000 small and medium businesses across Canada.
The striking container truck drivers normally haul about 40
percent of the cargo coming into the port. The rest goes out by rail – which
hasn’t been able to keep up with delivery demands since the strike began.
The business groups want the government to order the
truckers back to work. But a government spokesman said the strikers are
independent, non-unionized workers and that no one can force them to return to