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Stakes high for Deeside businesses awaiting strike talks

Tankers' wheels could stop, causing problems for those who rely on haulage Photo: ITV News Wales

Businesses across Wales will be watching closely, as major talks aimed at resolving the fuel tanker drivers' dispute are held later today. For hauliers, and other businesses which rely on their products being delivered, problems at the pumps which accompanied worries of possible strike action have already made life difficult - but they fear that a breakdown in the bargaining could mean they have to grind to a halt.

Conciliation service Acas will chair what they call "substantive conciliation talks" between the Unite union and the seven distribution firms involved in the row over safety and working conditions for drivers. Drivers rushed onto forecourts last week, after the UK Government advised that they topped-up on fuel. People queued for petrol at garages across Wales, many of which briefly ran out. But Unite announced on Friday that its drivers would not be striking over Easter. The union would have to give seven days' notice of any industrial action.

Our North Wales Reporter Ian Lang caught up with Adam Dandy and Simon Hughes from Dandy's Landscape Supplies, who rely on road haulage to make deliveries, and have recently expanded their business by opening a truck stop. They, like haulier Mike Farrall, are hoping strike action can be averted.

For the latest on the talks between drivers and their employers, follow ITV News' rolling coverage throughout the day.

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