Unite today ruled out Easter strike action by tanker drivers in a bid to focus on talks. The announcement came as the union confirmed it was ready to start substantive talks through ACAS as soon as possible and ahead of a meeting later today with Energy Secretary Ed Davey.
The union’s 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.
“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.”
The union says its been trying to argue for better conditions for tanker drivers for at least a year. Concerns over a possible strike has lead to panic buying of petrol not helped by ministerial gaffes which many have claimed have inflamed the situation.