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Shell Forecourt Delivery Strike Set To Go Ahead

The last few months in the UK has seen an increasingly bitter battle between the Unions and an array of businesses resulting in a number of crippling strike actions. Next on the list seems to be Shell, with last ditch talks to avert a strike from drivers employed by their fuel delivery contractor falling flat. A four day strike is planned for some time over the next two weeks unless the arbitration service ACAS can broker an agreement – something which looks increasingly unlikely.

Drivers for Hoyer UK and Suckling Transport have demanded a 13.2% pay rise after rejecting a rise of 6.5% offered by their employers. It seems that Unite Union, which represents the drivers, had expected Shell to enter the fray and inject more money into the deal but this has not happened. As a consequence the drivers have voted to strike even though the 6.5% offer is well above the current rate of inflation and seems very generous.

Yet again it seems that the extra money which the oil companies are making has brought increased demands from those in the industry. While many employees would have accepted a 6.5% increase without a second thought, the oil industry seems to be a little more demanding at the moment.

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