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Striking truckers meet with government

There will be no immediate end to a trucker strike that has crippled operations in Vancouver-area ports for weeks after weekend talks between government and drivers failed to make progress.

Manny Dosange, who represents over 1,000 non-union truckers, says government officials were unwilling to negotiate with workers during their Sunday meeting.

Gavin McGarrigle, who represents 400 union truckers, says the government was unwilling to answer any questions or clarify what he calls a vague deal offered to workers.

The labour dispute has largely focused on issues relating to pay, including the truckers' wages and the amount of unpaid time they spend waiting for cargo at container terminals.

The unionized truckers went on strike earlier this month, joining a thousand non-unionized truckers who walked off the job in February.

Officials with the port estimate the strike has affected about $885 million worth of cargo per week and has prompted Prime Minister Stephen Harper to call it a threat to the economy.

The Canadian Press


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