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New ballot begins in tanker driver’ dispute

Issue No. 2301

Tanker drivers in the Unite union are being balloted on a new offer from oil distribution bosses. The union is urging them to reject, following an overwhelming vote at its oil conference on Thursday of last week.

The drivers want a national agreement on minimum standards in the industry. Over 2,000 drivers at seven firms are covered by the consultative ballot.

They represent around 90 percent of drivers supplying petrol forecourts in Britain and a number of airports. But the government is using the delay to train army drivers to scab.

Unite’s legal mandate for industrial action has been extended until 21 May and the consultative ballot is due to finish on 11 May.

This would just about give it time to give notice for a strike. Drivers should vote to reject the offer and Unite should call strikes as soon as possible.

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Tue 1 May 2012, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2301
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