We've now reached the push-comes-to-shove phase of the Vancouver port truckers' strike.
The B.C. government tabled legislation Monday afternoon ordering unionized truckers back to work and imposing a 90-day cooling off period on the dispute, CKNW News reported.
“The cooling off legislation tabled today is the least interventionist of the options available," Labour Minister Shirley Bond said. "We believe that a 90-day cooling off period is a reasonable approach that will require the parties to return to the bargaining table.”
But it's by no means clear if the government's action, which has been telegraphed since last week, will put an end to the dispute that has crippled container traffic in and out of Canada's busiest port for three weeks.
The legislation affects only about 250 truckers who belong to Unifor, which said forcing truckers back to work will only worsen the long-running dispute over chronic rateRead More »from B.C. government orders striking port truckers back to work, but will they obey?