Tanker Drivers Given Dispute Deal Deadline
Fuel tanker drivers have until May 21 to decide if they will accept a final set of proposals aimed at ending the threat of strike action.
The development followed 12 hours of talks between Unite and officials from distribution companies involved in the row.
Issues at the heart of the row include terms and conditions, pensions and health and safety.
Acas chief conciliator Peter Harwood said: "Following a further two days of intensive discussions, a final set of proposals has been produced by the fuel distribution contractors and Unite.
"The industrial action mandate has been extended to May 21 to enable Unite to consult with its Oils Trade Conference and the membership on these proposals.
"As I said last time, the details of the proposals are confidential until the parties report back to their respective organisations.
"After that the detail may be disclosed by the parties themselves."
A meeting of drivers' representatives is expected to be held in the next few days, probably followed by a ballot of union members.
The union reps overwhelmingly turned down a previous proposed deal, leading to fresh talks this week with officials of six distribution companies.