In the search for petrol peace the two parties have only a narrow window before the union must decide its next move or lose its mandate
ITV News has obtained details of the offer at the centre of the petrol tanker row, ahead of talks to avert strikes by fuel tanker drivers.
The unions may have to re-ballot over the tanker strike dispute, as the original ballot may be based on a flaw.
- The ballot is expected to close on May 11
- Ballot papers were sent out today to more than 530 tanker drivers working for the oil distribution firm Hoyer
- Unite is re-balloting its members following concerns that some did not receive voting papers in the original ballot
– Diana Holland, Unite's assistant general secretary
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.
Thousands of civilian workers in the Ministry of Defence and staff in other Government departments are to join another national strike next month in the long-running row over public sector pensions.
The Unite union said around 25,000 of its members, including vehicle maintenance workers, technicians and drivers, will walk out on May 10 alongside civil servants and health workers.
The move follows a 94 per cent vote rejecting the Government's controversial pension reforms, which Unite said would force employees to work longer, pay more and receive less in retirement.
Thousands of civilian workers in the Ministry of Defence and other Government departments are to join a strike on May 10 in the long-running pensions dispute, Unite said today.
Unite has expressed outrage at the proposal by HSBC management that the bank plans to cut over 3,100 jobs from the UK.
The decision will impact HSBC staff across the country.
– David Fleming, Unite national officer
There is no justification for this awful treatment of staff. How can the bank announce 3,167 staff cuts when it was the workforce that delivered it a profit of £13.8 billion last year?
The hypocrisy of CEO Stuart Gulliver taking home £8 million, while claiming the bank must cut thousands of staff in order to save money, will not be lost on the workforce.
Unite is outraged that bank workers serving HSBC customers daily are having their jobs cut which will mean service will suffer.
Unite has said it will be meeting with and consulting with its members to plan the next steps in response to the announcement.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has welcomed the proposal agreed between Unite and representatives from haulage firms agreed on Tuesday evening tonight. Unite members have until May 21st to decide whether to accept the deal.
A spokesman said:
It is encouraging that the parties have worked to produce a final set of proposals, and agreed to allow time for these to be put to the union membership.
The Government continues to believe that strike action would be wrong and unnecessary and hopes that disruptive action is close to being averted.
Following two further days of complex and constructive discussions, a final set of proposals has been produced. BP has remained committed to finding a solution tothis dispute throughout the process.
BP believes that the final proposals address the issues raised by Unite, and represent a fair and reasonable settlement to the dispute.
BP, along with the other industry participants, has agreed to a further extension to enable Unite to consult with its delegate conference and to solicit feedback from all employees affected by this dispute...
The Unite union has been given until May 21 to decide whether to accept a new deal, hammered out today after 12 hours of talks.
– Acas chief conciliator Peter Harwood
As I said last time, the details of the proposals are confidential until the parties report back to their respective organisations.
After that the detail may be disclosed by the parties themselves.
Acas would like to thank the parties for their commitment, hard work and patience during the course of these difficult negotiations and hope that these proposals will lead to a successful outcome.
Acas: A final set of proposals has been drawn up aimed at ending the dispute by fuel tanker drivers. The Unite union has been given until May 21 to decide whether to accept the deal.
Both sides are set to continue talks into the evening to try and resolve the fuel tanker drivers dispute. Conciliation service Acas says: "Parties made confidential arrangements to enable Acas talks to continue."