Unite rules out Easter strike action

UNITE today (Friday March 30) ruled out Easter strike action by tanker drivers in a bid to focus on talks.

The announcement came as the union confirmed it was ready to start talks through ACAS as soon as possible.

Unite assistant general secretary, Diana Holland, said: “We will not be calling Easter strike action as we focus on substantive talks through ACAS.

“We do still retain the right to call strike action for after Easter should those talks breakdown.”

Independent petrol retailers association RMI Petrol said panic buying continued with surging demand at forecourts. Starting slowly on Monday, motorists and business users pushed up demand rapidly over just four days to Thursday’s “unsustainable” levels.

Reports of long queues at petrol stations and some garages temporarily running out of petrol came into the Sussex Express.

On Thursday March 29 people bought 76.8 per cent more diesel than last week and 171.8 per cent more unleaded. Unite called on the Government to assist in bringing employers, retailers and oil companies together to bring stability to the industry and establish minimum standards covering: health and safety procedures, processes and practices, independently accredited training, portable sector pensions, minimum standards in relation to rates of pay, hours of work and working,holiday,sickness and redundancy arrangements, equal opportunities, grievance and disciplinary procedures and trade union facilities.