Strike action avoided?
Potential strike action could now been avoided following an agreement between fuel haulage firms and the Unite union following a series of talks led by conciliation service Acas.
Haulage bosses from six fuel distribution firms began discussions with Unite on Wednesday 4 April, which continued until Friday 13 April, over tanker drivers’ training, safety and employment conditions.
Acas says it has been liaising between all the parties involved in what it describes as a “challenging” process, but is pleased that a set of proposals has now been reached.
Peter Harwood, Acas chief conciliator, says: “As you would expect, the details of the proposals are confidential until the parties report back to their respective organisations. After that the details may be disclosed by the parties themselves.”
Unite will now present the proposals to its members, which supply fuel to around 90% of UK fuel courts, following a ballot for strike action held on 26 March at which the majority of tanker drivers voted in favour.
Acas confirms that the deadline for any industrial action to take place has been extended to allow the proposals to be considered by all parties.
Firms involved in the talks include Norbert Dentressangle, Wincanton, Turners (Soham), Hoyer, BP and DHL .