JUST IN: Petrol and diesel owners could face fuel supply shortages in April due to strike action

Petrol and diesel fuel supplies could be disrupted in April as tanker drivers are set to strike over pay disputes. Unite announced that tanker drivers employed by transport group JW Suckling had voted “overwhelmingly” for industrial action later this month....READ FULL ARTICLE

Unite confirmed that 39 tanker drivers based in London, Essex, Middlesex and Grangemouth would not be working. The union confirmed the strikes could lead to fuel shortages across some parts of London, the South East and Scotland.

They even suggested this could eventually cause some queues at petrol pumps and even disruption to journeys. Action has been launched because of a dispute over “broken pay promises” with the group allegedly failing to meet the promises of its 2024 deal.

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The agreement would see tanker drivers receive an improved pension as well as “equal terms and conditions with colleagues throughout the country”.

It is understood action will be taken from Tuesday 16 April continuously until a deal is struck.Unity general secretary Sharon Graham said they would do all they could to ensure workers were granted their extra pay.

She explained: “It’s despicable to see any company, but especially a multi-million-pound enterprise, break contractual agreements on pay. It simply should not happen.

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“Securing better pay, jobs and conditions is our bread and butter. We will do all we can to ensure our members at JW Suckling are granted the pay they were promised.”

According to Unite, picket lines will take place from April 16 in Grays, Staines and Grangemouth.

Nick West, Unite regional officer said: “There are a host of serious risks that come with being a tanker driver.

“JW Suckling is fully aware of this and is showing massive disrespect to workers. Any disruption caused is a direct result of them failing to come to the table and discuss concerns of our members.”

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The news comes as drivers are already battling rising fuel costs with petrol and diesel costs rising again for the third successive month. Data from RAC Fuel Watch shows petrol went up 2p per litre in March with costs up 6p so far in 2024.

Diesel costs are also up by more than a penny with the average cost to top-up a 55-litre car now standing at a whooping £85.79....READ FULL ARTICLE

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