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Tanker Driver Deal: Union Urges Rejection
Fuel tanker drivers are to vote on a proposed deal aimed at averting strikes, with a recommendation to reject, the Unite union has said.
It means there is a still a threat of industrial action.
A meeting of representatives belonging to Unite voted overwhelmingly to recommend rejecting the proposals.
They will now be put to more than 2,000 tanker drivers across seven oil distribution firms. The ballot is expected to close on May 11.
Delegates said they recognised that progress had been made on health, safety and training issues.
But they expressed "deep concern" that the proposals did not go far enough in bringing stability and security to the sector through industry minimum standards.
Drivers expressed disappointment at the employers' failure to give sufficient guarantees on maintaining standards, security of employment, pensions and sub-contracting.
Unite's assistant general secretary, Diana Holland, said: "The proposals represent progress on some of the key areas such as health and safety.
"But it is clear that they do not give enough guarantees that the instability and insecurity gripping the industry will come to an end.
"It is in everyone's interest that we end the contract merry-go- round and the erosion of standards in a vital industry.
"Delegates felt the proposals did not meet members' expectations and are recommending that members reject them in the consultative ballot."
what do you think?
anyone want to buy a jerry can?
Here we go again please dont take me wrong here and as a working guy i fully understand why the tanker drives want to take this action but can i ask them if they strike and theres no fuel whos gona pay my rent and feed my family will there be a job to go back to for me .I dont blame these guys and i wish them luck but i just ask them if they get what they want just how many familys will manage with no money coming in and how many will have a job to go back while we wait for you guys to win
i hope they realise that there are plenty of european imigrants out there who will do the job and turn a blind eye to safety etc - watch your backs else you could be out of a job at some point in the near future and one of your eastern european cousins could be driving your tanker and half the cost of you
greedy,greedy,greedy,put them in a field picking veg for minimum wage for a day they wont last.
here we go again, people trying to protect their jobs and everyone jealous of their wages, if fruit and veg pickers fought for what they deserve and we all stuck toogether, they could earn more. Instead typical british defeatism, let the fat cats have all the profit, im ok on minimum wage. WAKE UP people just because you aint a union member dont knock others. the oil industry is a $600bn profit business using our european brothers would save these companies $40/50 million. Shame on everyone, if they strike i wont go to work if we all done it the goverment would soon sit up and take notice. Only one to benifit from this strike the government. French or german tanker drivers wouldn't put up with it and the whole workforce would stick behind them. we've become a nation of p*8sy's. People of the UK grow some nuts.
How on eart can talks go on for so long its a joke . unions need to realise they have passed their sell by date .
'Delegates said they recognised that progress had been made on health, safety and training issues.' Does this mean that at the moment these drivers work in conditions which are dangerous to their health, are unsafe to them and others, and are improperly trained? If so, why are they working, and why have they been working? Or is it, as everybody knows, just a matter of money?