Fuel strike is 'still possible'

The threat of fuel tanker drivers going on strike is still in the balance as talks with union leaders continue without a resolution.

There remains a stalemate between the two sides after a week of discussions, with Unite facing the decision of whether or not to call industrial action.

Union leaders have tried to reach a deal with the distribution companies at the conciliation service Acas to end a row surrounding a number of issues, including pensions and terms and conditions.

Progress has been made on some matters but the tanker drivers' representatives have already turned down a proposed agreement to avert strike action. Under employment law the union has to give notice of seven days prior to any walk outs.

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Acas chief conciliator Peter Harwood said: "I am encouraged that the parties are still positively engaged in the process."

Hoyer, one of the biggest distribution firms, is currently involved in the latest talks, with Unite representing about 530 of its drivers. However, Unite is to re-ballot its members at the company after the union uncovered that a number of them had not received ballot papers when the original vote took place last month.

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