Union plea to reject fuel deal

Fuel tanker drivers are to vote on a proposed deal aimed at averting strikes, with a recommendation to reject it, keeping alive the threat of industrial action.

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Tanker drivers urged to reject deal to avert strike

The proposals represent progress on some of the key areas such as health and safety. But it is clear that they do not give enough guarantees that the instability and insecurity gripping the industry will come to an end.

It is in everyone's interest that we end the contract merry-go- round and the erosion of standards in a vital industry.

Delegates felt the proposals did not meet members' expectations and are recommending that members reject them in the consultative ballot.

– Diana Holland, Unite's assistant general secretary

Tanker drivers to decide on deal

Members of the union Unite are due to vote on whether to accept proposals aimed at stopping a strike by fuel tanker drivers. They were drawn up during six days of negotiations at the conciliation service Acas.

The talks ended last Friday but neither the employers nor the Unite union have released any details of the discussions before today's meeting.

Unite would have to give seven days notice of any industrial action
Unite would have to give seven days notice of any industrial action Credit: Reuters

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Government welcomes fuel dispute deal

An Energy and Climate Change Department spokesman said:

The Government welcome the news that Unite plan to put a deal to their members.

We hope that this will lead to the threat of strike action being lifted.

The Government continues to believe that any strike action is wrong and unnecessary.

We will continue to work on contingency plans to increase the country's resilience in the event of a strike.

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Full statement from Acas

Acas Chief Conciliator Peter Harwood said a proposal for a deal has been reached between Unite the union and representatives from fuel companies.

Over the past fortnight the six contractors have met with the Unite trade union through the Acas conciliation service. Acas has been shuttling between the parties and the process has been a challenging one but we are pleased to announce that a set of proposals have been reached.

As you would expect the details of the proposals are confidential until the parties report back to their respective organisations. After that the details may be disclosed by the parties themselves.

The extension to the ballot period was agreed to enable those consultations to take place. Acas is pleased at this development and hope that the matter will soon be settled."

– Peter Harwood, Acas Chief Conciliator
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