Petrol tanker discussions resume

Crisis talks aimed at averting strikes by petrol tanker drivers have been resumed, according to reports.

The renewed discussions follow "constructive" talks which took place before the Easter break between Unite union officials and workers from five petrol distribution firms.

Employees at five fuel tanker firms, which account for a large proportion of all petrol haulage in the UK, recently voted in favour of industrial action following a dispute regarding health and safety conditions at work.

Despite no confirmed date for a strike, nor confirmation that such action would actually take place, discussion of the potential crisis led to widespread panic buying around the country last month.

Commenting on the resuming talks, conciliation expert Peter Harwood said: "The discussions have been constructive, with the parties positively engaged and committed to the process. We are pleased that they have agreed to continue their discussions."

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