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Talks to avert Shell drivers strike

Fuel tanker drivers are threatening action over pay dispute

Talks to avert Shell drivers strike

The union Unite has warned of industrial action by 500 drivers who supply fuel to Shell garages unless a row over pay is resolved.

The drivers, most of whom are employed by Hoyer on Shell contracts, voted last week in favour of industrial action in support of a union campaign for a minimum wage of £36,000 instead of the current £34,000.

The union said Shell was making huge profits but accused the company of forcing through cost cutting in its supply chain.

National officer Ron Webb said: “Our members’ dedication helps Shell make vast profits. All they are asking for in return is a living wage – one that reflects their skills, their heavy working week and helps make ends meet at a time when every worker in the country is being hit hard by rising fuel and food prices.”

Hoyer said it has offered a 6% pay rise, adding that drivers already earned more than £36,000.

The pay offer would lead to average salaries of about £38,500, said the company.

Union officials are not confident of an early breakthrough in the dispute.

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