Tanker drivers threaten to strike over pay claim

Oil
tanker drivers employed by Shell have voted by a margin of seven to one to take
strike action in support of their five per cent pay claim.

Ron
Webb, the T&G union’s national secretary who is negotiating for the
drivers, said talks between the union and P&O Trans-European, Shell’s
contract distributor, are continuing to make progress but the drivers are
determined to make a stand if their demands are not met.

“There
is an overwhelming feeling amongst the drivers that justice in terms of a pay
rise is long overdue. That is why we have a huge majority in favour of strike
action and a strong number of drivers voting in the ballot.

“They
believe that after some 15 years of cut backs and now record profits at Shell,
a five per cent rise is both affordable and fair,” said Webb.

www.tgwu.org.uk

Ben
Willmott

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