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Unite urges tanker drivers to reject latest deal

  • 27 April 2012
  • By Hayley Pink

Unite is recommending tanker drivers reject the latest set of proposals reached during eight days of talks with six fuel distribution firms, led by conciliation service Acas.

The decision follows yesterday’s (26 April) oil trades conference, held by Unite, which saw delegates overwhelmingly reject the proposals and recommend that the union’s 2,000 tanker driver members vote against the offer when balloted.

Unite says conference delegates recognised that progress had been made on health, safety and training, but expressed deep concern that the proposals did not go far enough in bringing stability and security to the sector through industry minimum standards.

It adds that delegates also expressed disappointment at the employers’ failure to give sufficient guarantees on maintaining standards, security of employment, pensions and subcontracting. 

The news came as ballot papers were sent out today to more than 530 tanker drivers working for oil distribution firm Hoyer. Unite is re-balloting following concerns that some members did not receive voting papers in the original ballot.

The consultative ballot is expected to close on Friday 11 May. 

Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland says: “It is in everyone’s interest that we end the contract merry go round and the erosion of standards in a vital industry. Delegates at the oil trade conference felt the proposals did not meet members’ expectations and are recommending that members reject them in the consultative ballot.” 

Members delivering fuel for Wincanton, DHL, Hoyer, BP, Norbert Dentressangle, Turners and Suckling will be taking part in the consultative ballot.


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