View the article online at http://citywire.co.uk/money/article/a577800
Fuel tanker drivers vote to strike as petrol prices hit record high
Should the strikes take place over Easter weekend it could cause chaos for millions of people hoping to get away over the Bank Holidays.
Fuel tanker drivers today voted in favour of strike action over safety concerns.
A date for the strike action is yet to be confirmed but there are concerns the strikes may take place over Easter weekend next month, which could cause chaos for millions of workers hoping to get away during the bank holidays.
Drivers working for five major fuel distribution firms Turners, Norbert Dentressangle, Wincanton, BP and Hoyer – which deliver fuel to household names such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, BP, Shell and Esso – voted 69% in favour of a walkout, according to
Drivers at two other firms – DHL and Suckling – meanwhile, voted against striking, but in favour of some form of industrial action.
Overall, this means some 61% of all drivers supported strike action.
Unite claims drivers’ working conditions have come under ‘constant attack’, despite four of the top global oil companies posting combined profits of £106 billion last year.
'This is not about pay – this is about ensuring high safety and training standards are maintained,’ said Diana Holland, assistant general secretary of Unite, which is calling on the industry to establish minimum standards.
The government is meeting with fuel delivery companies and supermarkets to come up with a contingency plan should the strikes go ahead, including the training of army officers to deliver fuel to petrol stations.
The news comes just days after UK petrol prices hit yet another record high.
Last Friday analysts at Experian Catalist revealed that the average price of unleaded petrol had broken through the 140p a litre for the first time.
When the 3p fuel duty increase – which was confirmed by the chancellor in last week’s Budget – comes into effect in July it’s thought the price of petrol could reach 150p a litre.
News sponsored by:
After Boris announced he was backing Brexit, sterling suffered its biggest slump in six years. Our Market Mavens discuss. Follow the Market Mavens LinkedIn page for weekly videos, in which our panel of industry experts share their views on financial news
The Citywire guide to investment trusts
In association with Aberdeen Asset Management
More about this:
More from us
What others are saying
- Fuel strike drivers vote yes in row over conditions
- As motorists digest the Budget fuel duty blow ... Petrol prices break through 140p barrier to new record high
- Unite Union
- Unite Union
Tools from Citywire Money
From the Forums
Weekly email from The Lolly
Get simple, easy ways to make more from your money. Just enter your email address below
An error occured while subscribing your email. Please try again later.
Thank you for registering for your weekly newsletter from The Lolly.
Keep an eye out for us in your inbox, and please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list so we don't get junked.