Further talks in fuel strike row

Disputes over terms and conditions between the unions and haulage firms which led to the recent fuel panic are not settled yet and talks have resumed.

Unite union leaders and officials from six logistics companies have been in talks this week with the help of Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), who are employment mediators.

Chief Conciliator, Peter Harwood, said: "I am encouraged that talks are continuing and that the parties are committed to finding a way forward."

The dispute has been on-going for over a year but came to boiling point recently when Unite revealed that workers in five firms had voted to strike.

The Government handled the potential strike poorly and even resulted in the resignation of Francis Maude, the Cabinet Minister who advised motorists to store fuel in jerry cans.

The planned strike is not averted just yet but motorists can rest assured that talks seem positive at this stage and all involved parties should be doing their utmost to avoid a fuel strike going ahead.

Copyright Press Association 2012