POLITICS

B.C. sets rate structure for truckers in 'complicated' situation at busy port

12/15/2014 08:15 EST | Updated 02/14/2015 05:59 EST
VICTORIA - In an effort to address issues from a bitter strike earlier this year, the B.C. government has released its proposed rate structure for Port Metro Vancouver container truckers.

The Transportation Ministry says it hopes to resolve industry undercutting so unionized and non-unionized truckers can earn a fair wage and eliminate tensions at Canada's busiest port.

New regulations include minimum rates for all truckers who serve the port on and off dock, a two per cent fuel surcharge, a whistleblower line and enhanced audits for all trucking companies.

Extended hours, fees for truckers forced to wait at the port for their loads, and mediation help for truckers and employers are part of the new scheme, which the government says will take effect soon.

Hourly employees will get $25.13 an hour when they're hired, while independent operators will be paid $50.13 per hour, retroactive to April 3.

The ministry calls the situation complicated, adding provincial and federal governments, two mediators, truckers and a union worked together for a solution.