TANKER DRIVERS working for P&O Trans European called off last weekend's strikes after P&O bosses came up with a new offer in the pay dispute. The drivers, members of the TGWU union, have held national strikes for 24 hours and at weekends for the last month.
The dispute is over an 11 percent wage cut. Profits at P&O were up 60 percent this year to £6.4 million, yet bosses have refused to talk to TGWU officials during the pay dispute. Now P&O has increased basic pay from £16,000 to £17,500 and agreed to a 12.5- hour maximum day as opposed to 15 hours.
The drivers, based at Ellesmere Port, Immingham, Middlesbrough and Thurrock, feel their action has forced the bosses into a compromise.