Union rules out Easter tanker strike

UNION bosses have today ruled out strike action by tanker drivers over Easter in a bid to focus on talks over their ongoing dispute over pay and conditions.

The fear of a strike has prompted three days of panic buying across Boston, with several fuel stations running out.

The union would need to give seven days notice of any strike action but has today announced that industrial action will not be called during the Easter break.

The union wants to set in place minimum standards for health and safety procedures, training, pensions, pay working hours and disciplinary matters.

Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland said: “We will not be calling Easter strike action as we focus on substantive talks through ACAS. We do still retain the right to call strike action for after the Easter should those talks breakdown.

“It should be stressed that what we are seeking is reasonable and no more than what is in place elsewhere in the industry.

“There have been minimum standards governing the offshore oil industry since 2000 covering health and safety, training and terms and conditions.

“This is not a political dispute. It is an industrial dispute and the government’s recent rhetoric will not help us achieve a negotiated settlement.

“They must set aside their political objectives and work with us, the employers, retailers and oil companies to achieve an outcome that is good for the industry and the country.”

Commentators hope that this statement will draw a close to the rush to the pumps over the weekend.