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Oil industry action may be averted by strike negotiations

Oil and petrol tanker drivers could be set to strike if their demands for better working conditions and pensions are not listened to.

18 January 2011

The oil industry could be forced to enter into strike negotiations following a threat of industrial action by tanker drivers.

Representatives of the union Unite have slammed industry officials for refusing to meet to discuss the erosion of the working conditions, wages and pensions of the drivers.

Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary-elect, noted that these workers play a "crucial role" in the UK's economy.

He added the oil industry is a thriving sector in which the profits reaped by the bosses of petrol tanker drivers are "astronomical".

"Employers have their heads in the sand if they think they can continue to attack these drivers' terms and conditions," he stated.

Mr McCluskey said the demands were not about pay but were designed to bring greater stability to the sector, something he said would benefit workers and contractors alike.

Earlier this month, successful strike negotiations between bin men and city council officials in Birmingham led to a calling off of planned industrial action. 

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