Fresh talks aimed at averting strikes by fuel tanker drivers are to be held on Monday, raising hopes that industrial action can be averted.
The union Unite has been given an extension to next Tuesday before it has to make a decision about calling industrial action.
We are extremely disappointed that Unite has failed to persuade its membership to accept the proposals agreed with the employers after six days of constructive discussions. Wincanton is committed to finding a resolution to this dispute, and along with the other employers, we have agreed to further talks with Unite facilitated by Acas on Monday 23rd April for a maximum of two days. We have also offered Unite an extension to the validity of the ballot period until 17.00 on Tuesday 24th April...
– Wincanton spokesperson, one of the employers affected by potential strikes
...Unite’s concerns over the erosion of standards, security of employment and the newly raised issue of sub-contracting should be directed to the non-regulated players in the industry rather than the employers that Unite already concurs have the best terms and conditions for their drivers, and exemplary health, safety and training standards. Wincanton’s drivers have an average income of around £45,000 per annum.