A labour dispute at Canada's busiest port has the potential to disrupt the delivery of goods across the country.
About 1,200 independent truckers who move cargo into and out of Vancouver's three main ports began a strike Wednesday morning over low hauling fees and money-losing wait times at the busy port.
The non-unionized drivers, largely owner-operators belonging to the United Truckers Association, say Port Metro Vancouver needs to streamline its operations to reduce waiting times or pay them an hourly rate while they sit idle until their container is loaded.
"Because of these delays, we're lucky if we get two moves in a day, which would give us a couple hundred bucks," Manny Dosange of the association told CBC News at the group's morning rally.
"And out of that, you've got to take diesel out, you've got to take all your costs out, and then you've got to try running your household on that. It's not happening and resources are totally dried up."
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