03/19/2014 18:30 EDT | Updated 05/19/2014 05:59 EDT

Port Metro Vancouver strike prompts back-to-work legislation

The B.C. government is preparing back-to-work legislation to bring an end to the two-week-old strike by unionized container truck drivers at Port Metro Vancouver.

The legislation will include a 90-day cooling off period and could be introduced as early as Monday.

The back-to-work order will only affect the 250 unionized truckers who belong to Unifor-VCTA. The order does not cover non-unionized truckers, who have also withdrawn their services.

In a news release, the provincial government said it is joining with the federal government to take co-ordinated action to protect the Canadian economy by keeping goods and services moving across the country. 

Port Metro Vancouver will also begin to implement its planned reform of the truck licensing system at the port, the B.C. government says.

More to come