Unionized truckers joining Vancouver port strike

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Unionized container truck drivers at Vancouver port, Canada’s largest marine port, voted on Saturday to join a strike by their non-unionized colleagues, who walked off the job on Wednesday over a long-running dispute regarding remuneration and services.

Unifor, the trade union, which represents about 400 container truck drivers at Port Metro Vancouver, announced that its members voted by majority in favor of participating in the four-day-old work action. The unionized workers are required to provide 72-hour notice before they walk off the job.

The strike is affecting Canadian importers, that use Vancouver Customs for clearance of their imports. Customs brokers are also suffering from the circumstances as the containers are not being unloaded to the bonded warehouses and therefore no declarations are being submitted to Canada Customs.

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