Tanker drivers accept deal to avert strike

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FUEL tanker drivers have narrowly agreed to accept a deal which should put an end to fears of a strike.

The prospect of a strike sparked panic buying at the end of March, with many petrol stations in Boston running dry in a three-day period.

The Unite union says that haulage firms have accepted a deal to end the dispute over their terms and conditions.

It said members working for seven distribution firms backed the deal by 51 per cent overall, although drivers in four of the companies voted to reject the proposal.

Unite said the dispute has highlighted ‘deep-seated problems’ and have called for a parliamentary investigation into the industry.