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Wincanton "disappointed" in Unite’s recommendation to reject tanker driver deal

  • 30 April 2012
  • By Hayley Pink

Wincanton is “disappointed” by Unite’s recommendation to members to reject a set of proposals jointly agreed by the union and six fuel distribution firms, and is hopeful that drivers will recognise the progress made during negotiations and vote to end the long-running dispute.

The company says the latest documents will be a positive step in bringing the wider industry up to the same high standards of training, health and safety provided by the six firms involved in the talks: Hoyer, Norbert Dentressangle, BP, DHL, Wincanton and Turners (Soham).

A company statement says: “The three working parties that we have jointly developed will deliver higher governance by external bodies, such as the Health Safety Executive, and will enable us to explore the development of a framework for our drivers to transfer their training and pensions, should their employment move to a different contractor. Their terms and conditions of employment are already protected under TUPE regulations.

It adds: “At the same time, the Industry Benchmarking Study that the employers have agreed to fund via the Incomes Data Service, will provide Unite with robust data on terms and conditions across the sector and a basis for meaningful discussions with those employers who do not currently offer fair rates of pay.”

Wincanton says it welcomes Unite’s decision to take the proposal to the entire balloted population, but regrets the union’s call for rejection before its members have had the opportunity to see it. The logistics firm adds that it is “only fair and reasonable” that its drivers are able to give the appropriate consideration to the proposal and hopes they will acknowledge the progress made.

In the meantime, Wincanton says it continues to work with the government, the MoD and its customers on contingency planning to minimise the “inevitable disruption Unite is aware a strike would cause”.

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