Another call to end Canada's port truckers' strike

| 7/26/2005

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 their jobs.