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The Australian: Fuel delivery drivers strike

February 16, 2006
OIL giant Shell will hire extra fuel carriers to avert problems with petrol supplies after delivery drivers in Victoria called a 72-hour strike.
The tanker drivers, who are members of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), voted to stop work after the breakdown of talks on a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) with Shell yesterday.

A Shell spokeswoman said the stopwork would begin at 3am (AEDT) tomorrow and would affect the delivery of fuel statewide.
But she said the company expected fuel supply disruptions to be minimal.
“About a third of the fleet operate on Saturday and Sunday,” the spokeswoman said.
“We've hired additional carriers to deliver fuel to clients across the state tomorrow and on the weekend,” she said.
Apart from Shell outlets, the oil giant also supplied fuel to Coles Express and some independent operators.
Shell, who has been in negotiations since November with the TWU over the new EBA, said it expected talks to resume early next week.
“We had a four-hour meeting with the union yesterday, and there is another one planned for Monday,” the spokeswoman said.
A spokesman for the TWU confirmed the stopwork would take place tomorrow.
He said the strike followed the breakdown of talks between Shell and the TWU over an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.
But he could not confirm that the TWU would meet Shell again on Monday to resume negotiations.

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