Tanker drivers set to go on strike in pay row that could spark petrol disruption

Stanlow Oil Refinery in Ellesmere Port
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Tanker drivers who supply petrol stations and aviation fuel are preparing for strike action in a dispute over wages. Unite members at the Stanlow oil refinery have announced plans to strike on June 6-8 and 13-15, with warnings from the union that this could lead to disruptions in fuel deliveries across the North West and Scottish Borders.

The drivers, employed by Hoyer now known as Oxalis argue that their proposed pay rise falls well short of what their counterparts elsewhere in the UK are getting. Despite the looming strikes, the firm has assured it has backup plans to maintain operations, reports the MEN.

Unite's chief, Sharon Graham, slammed the company, saying: "Oxalis is treating its Stanlow-based drivers as second-class workers. There is absolutely no reason why this profitable company should not be paying these workers the same rates as pay as their colleagues based elsewhere. They will receive Unite's total support as they strike for equal pay."

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An Oxalis representative said: "Oxalis has offered drivers a 19% pay increase over two years. Any further increase severely compromises the viability of the operation and puts jobs at risk."

"Further talks are planned with the union and whilst we hope we can reach a mutually agreeable deal, contingency plans are fully developed and we are confident all our operations will continue should industrial action take place."

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