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Tanker drivers’ strike threat over

  • 14 May 2012
  • By Laura Hailstone

The long-running tanker drivers dispute has reached an end with drivers voting on Friday (11 May) to accept proposals tabled after eight days of talks at Acas.

Unite has described the result as a ‘narrow yes’ with drivers from the seven oil distribution firms voting in favour by 51% overall, on a turnout of 69%. Unite members working in four of the seven oil distribution firms voted to reject the proposals.

The proposals include the introduction of an industry-wide accreditation, or ‘passport’, covering health, safety and training.

Unite has warned that the overall narrow ‘yes’ vote left the companies with no room for complacency. The union stressed that fundamental problems remain in the industry with urgent action needed to halt the race to the bottom and bring stability and security to the supply of a vital commodity.

The union went on to add that the dispute highlighted deep seated problems in the supply of fuel, exacerbated by a mantra of “profits before stability”.

Over the coming weeks the union will be working with the seven oil distribution firms, the Department for Energy, Environment and Climate Change (DECC), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and other interested parties to implement the Acas proposals.

The consultative ballot involved over 2,000 tanker drivers working for Wincanton, DHL, Hoyer, BP, Norbert Dentressangle, Turners (Soham) and Suckling Transport.

The first meeting to take forward the implementation of the Acas proposals must be held before 1 June.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/tanker-drivers-strike-threat-over