Unite union wrote to supermarket chains selling petrol, oil companies and other firms warning fuel tank drivers are dissatisfied with employers and a strike could be in the future. Fuel tanker drivers want employers to stop “attacking wages and squeezing more out of drivers” Unite union warned.
Unite National Officer Ron Webb said: “We have consistently warned the oil employers that their strategy of attacking wages and squeezing more and more out of their drivers but giving them less and less in return will backfire.
“Unfortunately, they have not listened so now we are at a very dangerous moment for this sector. In my 15 years as a negotiator for this sector I have never witnessed such low morale among the drivers.
“This is a workforce which is highly specialist and delivers a product this county’s smooth functioning depends upon. They are working for some of the most profitable companies in the land. All they are asking for in return is a wage which reflects their hard work and professionalism.”
Unite union has 3,000 members in the sector. They have called a special summit to decide what further action will be taken considering the issue.