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Last Minute Talks Ongoing To Avert Fuel Strike

While we have covered the reasons and the potential impact of the proposed 4 day fuel delivery drivers walkout – due to start this Friday – there appear to be signs of a softening of stances on both sides. Unions and the delivery companies involved are today expected to resume last minute talks to try and avert the strike. The announcement that the parties involved will be attending talks with the reconciliation service ACAS has been welcomed but as yet there is no details as to why the sudden change of heart.

However, the Unite union has again attempted to drag Shell Transport and Trading’s management into the saga, claiming that they need to inject much need capital into the agreement as they have ‘enjoyed 15% pay increases in the last year’. There seems little likelihood of Shell becoming directly involved as their agreement is with the delivery company and this is an issue between the delivery company and their workers.

Even though there has been little comment from the UK government about the issue, there are suspicions that they may be behind the latest move to try and reach an agreement. Gordon Brown has suffered some serious setbacks over the last few months and while the proposed strike is in no way connected to him, it will again bring to light the massive tax income which the Treasury receives from the fuel industry.

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