Tanker drivers supplying petrol stations to go on strike in June

The drivers work for Hoyer, which has recently rebranded as Oxalis
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Tanker drivers tasked with supplying petrol stations and aviation fuel are gearing up for strike action over a pay row. Unite members stationed at Stanlow oil refinery are set to down tools on June 6-8 and 13-15, which the union warns could disrupt deliveries throughout 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.

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."

An Oxalis representative countered: "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."