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BREAKING: Union rules out Easter fuel tanker strike

11:10 30 March 2012

Motorists queuing for petrol at 6.40am this morning at Tesco in Sprowston.

Motorists queuing for petrol at 6.40am this morning at Tesco in Sprowston.

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The union representing fuel tanker drivers today ruled out striking over Easter and said it wanted to focus on peace talks.

Unite, which represents around 2,000 tanker drivers, said it retained the right to call industrial action if talks, expected to start next week, break down.

The move followed more panic buying at garages today.

The Petrol Retailers Association said petrol sales increased by more than 170% yesterday, while sales of diesel were up by almost 80%.

Unite and the seven distribution companies involved in the dispute are in contact with the conciliation service Acas, but no substantive talks will be held until next week.

The union said it had been trying for more than a year to establish minimum standards in the fuel oil distribution industry and halt a “race to the bottom”.

Officials called for minimum standards on health and safety procedures, training, pensions, rates of pay, hours and holidays, equal opportunities and disciplinary procedures.

Assistant general secretary Diana Holland said: “We will not be calling Easter strike action as we focus on substantive talks through Acas. We do still retain the right to call strike action for after the Easter, should those talks break down.

“It should be stressed that what we are seeking is reasonable and no more than what is in place elsewhere in the industry. There have been minimum standards governing the offshore oil industry since 2000 covering health and safety, training, and terms and conditions.

“This is not a political dispute. It is an industrial dispute and the Government’s recent rhetoric will not help us achieve a negotiated settlement. They must set aside their political objectives and work with us, the employers, retailers and oil companies to achieve an outcome that is good for the industry and the country.’’

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4 comments

  • PS. All the queuing caused my car to overheat and I was able to get my Pasty back up to a state of near incandescence by putting it on top of the engine. Hope the VATman doesn`t trace me. Or, since the heat came from my own (wasted) fuel, is that OK?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 30, 2012

  • David Cameron has just achieved his ambition. To become Corporal Jones from Dads Army. Dont panic, dont panic.

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    Abraham

    Friday, March 30, 2012

  • So the whole sorry sage of increased risk caused by communications from senior Government ministers that were actually engendered to cause panic to whip up an attack on the Trade Unions and by default the Labour Party.Politicians should not put the general public at risk.Francis Maude really has to go.How can the PM Dave get off the hook himself any other way?

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, March 30, 2012

  • The fault lies with the stupid motorists that believe all the hype.

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    wes1975

    Friday, March 30, 2012

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