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Acas ‘encouraged’ that fuel-tanker driver talks continue

  • 11 April 2012
  • By Hayley Pink

A fourth day of talks between fuel hauliers and the Unite union are due to commence this morning (11 April), according to conciliation service Acas, which is “encouraged” by the ongoing negotiations.

The talks over fuel tanker drivers’ training, safety and employment conditions first commenced last Wednesday 4 April, following a majority vote for national strike action announced on 26 March from Unite tanker drivers, which supply fuel to around 90% of UK fuel courts.

Firms involved in the talks include Norbert Dentressangle, Wincanton, Turners (Soham), Hoyer, BP and  DHL (which voted against strike action).

Suckling Transport, whose drivers voted 6:1 against strike action, is not attending the Acas talks, according to MD Peter Larner.

Speaking at the close of yesterday’s meeting, Acas chief conciliator Peter Harwood says: “Talks have adjourned for the day and will reconvene tomorrow morning. I am encouraged that talks are continuing and that the parties are committed to finding a way forward.”

If negotiations fail, any strike action by drivers would need to take place by 23 April and Unite would need to give seven days’ notice of the industrial action.


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