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Striking oil

Issue No. 2286

Oil tanker drivers are set to strike at three major oil terminals against attacks on their terms and conditions.

The drivers are members of the Unite union. They voted for strikes by 83 percent on a whopping 96 percent turnout.

They are employed by distribution and logistics firm Wincanton to supply Jet petrol stations on a contract for oil giant ConocoPhillips.

Unite says it will call a series of stoppages over seven days starting from Tuesday of next week.

The Wincanton drivers work out of oil terminals at Kingsbury in Warwickshire, Stockton-on-Tees, and Immingham in Lincolnshire—where there have recently been unofficial walkouts in the electricians’ dispute.

The strike has the potential to have a huge impact across Britain. It will especially hit fuel supplies in Scotland, the Midlands and the north of England.

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Tue 17 Jan 2012, 18:12 GMT
Issue No. 2286
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