Tanker drivers resume talks to avoid strikes

10 April 2012

This morning, Acas Chief Conciliator Peter Harwood said: “Acas conciliation talks have resumed this morning.”

According to Acas, the discussions have been “constructive” and it seems that the parties engaged in the process are committed to resolving the fuel tankers drivers’ dispute.

The dispute over terms and conditions and health and safety has been brewing for more than a year but flared up last month when Unite announced that workers in five companies, including oil giant BP had voted to strike. It is understood that turnouts across the five companies averaged 77.7 per cent.

Jahad Rahman of Kervin & Barnes Solicitors said “under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, the union will have to give seven days’ written notice of any industrial action. The notice must contain a description of who is to be called upon to take part in the industrial action and outline the numbers of employees involved, the categories and workplaces in which they work, and the number of employees in each category and workplace”.

Jahad previously advised trade unions, including Unite. If you require advice on any collective employment law matter, please don’t hesitate to contact Jahad on 0203 178 5363 or jrahman@kervinandbarnes.com.