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OTA Meets With Sikh Trucking Reps

TORONTO, ON — Trucking is in the blood of many members of the Sikh community, according to Simran Kaur Chattha, chair of the Canadian Sikh Association (CSA).

So it only follows that the CSA, an association that represents the Sikh community in the Greater Toronto Area, met with members of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) over the weekend to address concerns in the trucking industry. 

“Through dialogue we hope to promote a better understanding between Sikh truckers and the membership of OTA which is a very effective voice for the industry,” Chattha said.

All in all, forty members from both associations sat down together and talked about everything from shipping delays to Sikh drivers’ right to wear turbans.

OTA president David Bradley commented: “Trucking is trucking, in the end. Most of the issues raised are the same everywhere, regardless of carrier size or the ethnic origin of carriers and owner-operators.”

“While this was the first meeting of its kind, everyone who attended agreed it was very constructive,” Bradley said.

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The OTA is trying to bring in many more overseas drivers A cop told me over 80% of the people working on a wind farm had higher take home pay than the truck drivers and those over slept in bed each night. One foreman was seen recruiting truck drivers to work as operators