Unifor Reaches Retro Pay Strike Deal with Harbour Link
Posted: January 19, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff
VANCOUVER, BC – After seven weeks of negotiations, unionized container truck drivers and Harbour Link Container Services have reached a deal that will see drivers get retroactive pay.
In late November, following an audit of the port’s container trucking players, the Office of the British Columbia Container Trucking Commissioner found that the companies were not paying drivers retroactive rates settled on in March 2014.
According to a statement issued by union staff at Unifor, the new collective agreement with Harbour Link meets the framework of the pattern deal signed with other companies and increases “off dock” and CN and CP rates for local drivers.
Harbour Link has also agreed to pay for drivers’ cargo insurance among many other changes. Highway drivers will receive a 9% increase on trip and mileage rates, increasing by a further 2% in both 2017 and 2018. Per the Container Trucking Act, the employer will pay outstanding retroactive wages owed from April 3, 2014 by no later than January 22, 2016.
Unifor’s BC area director Gavin McGarrigle says that stability in the sector is enhanced with 90% of Unifor members now covered under collective agreements that run to July 2019.
“The days of trucking companies violating the law and thumbing their noses at container truck drivers are coming to an end,” McGarrigle said in a statement on Friday. “Our members at Harbour Link should be applauded for their determination to stay on strike over the holiday season to secure a fair deal.”
One trucking company-Port Transport-remains behind picket lines.