Fuel fears recede as tanker drivers vote against strikes

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Fuel tanker drivers who were re-balloted for strikes have voted against walkouts but in favour of other forms of industrial action.

Members of the Unite union at Hoyer, which delivers for Shell and Esso, voted for a second time after it was discovered that some workers did not receive papers during the last ballot.

Unite said 57.5 per cent of members on a turnout of 79.5 per cent voted for action short of strikes.

Unite assistant general secretary, Diana Holland, said: “The vote in favour of action short of a strike demonstrates that deep concerns still remain in an increasingly insecure and unstable industry.”

Drivers at other companies are voting in a consultative ballot on proposals tabled following the Acas talks, with a recommendation to reject.

The result of that ballot will be announced on Friday.