The Fight for Proper Working Conditions
in the Trucking Industry
March 21 -- Fifth Anniversary of Vancouver Truckers'
March 21 marked the fifth anniversary of the Vancouver
truckers' strike in which 500 Unifor union truckers united with the
1,500 truckers of Punjabi origin who were members of the United Workers
Association (ATU). Together, they defeated the Vancouver Port
Authority, the Christy Clark government in British Columbia and the
federal government of Stephen Harper and his infamous Minister of
Transport Lisa Raitt. It was a great success for Canadian truckers.
This struggle continues to inspire truckers today, in the context of a
new offensive whereby migrant or foreign workers are hired with the aim
of increasing the exploitation of all truckers and preventing standards
being set for the industry according to the needs of the drivers. The
way forward for this contingent of the working class continues to be
the one they took five years ago -- to unite in action to defend the
rights of all truckers in Canada, regardless of their national origin.
This article was published in
Number 13 - April
Fight for Proper Working Conditions
in the Trucking Industry: March 21 -- Fifth Anniversary of Vancouver