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Tanker drivers and haulage bosses start peace talks at Acas

  • 05 April 2012
  • By Roger Brown

Discussions aimed at ending the fuel tanker drivers’ dispute have resumed this morning after carrying on until the early hours of the morning.

According to conciliation service Acas, talks between driver representatives from the Unite union and bosses from seven fuel distribution hauliers were adjourned at 1am.

The two sides have been meeting at an undisclosed location in an attempt to end the dispute over minimum standards for training, safety and employment conditions.

In keeping with standard Acas procedures, meetings were due to begin in separate rooms with conciliators acting as intermediaries.

If the initial discussions progressed well, talks would then be held face-to-face.

The haulage firms involved in the dispute do not want the issue of national pay bargaining on the agenda, whereas Unite is keen to establish a minimum pay level.

Initial discussions were expected to consider a national forum to oversee any agreement on minimum standards.

Unite has to take strike action by 23 April to maintain the validity of its mandate, and must also give seven days’ notice of any action.


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