Scottish petrol tanker drivers go on Strike

As we all know, the recession has created difficulties for many businesses, meaning that mangers are always trying to find ways to save money. Companies that own commercial vehicles generally try to reduce costs by introducing on-board computers, or looking for cheap commercial vehicle insurance deals, however sometimes they have to make even more difficult decisions.

Recently, BP angered Scottish petrol tanker drivers’ after they transferred fifteen drivers over to the delivery firm DHL, meaning that they would lose their current pension schemes and pay protection that they had under BP. Petrol tank drivers from BP have retaliated against this decision, and from 4am this morning tankers at the oil refinery in Grangemouth walked out, and will not return until 8am on Monday morning. The union leader representing the workers, Unite, have said that the walk out will “severely impact” both aviation supplies and deliveries to forecourts across Scotland and Northern England.

Discussing the strike yesterday, Unite regional industrial officer Tony Trench said: “It’s an outrage that BP, a multinational giant which earns billions every year, is exploiting the UK’s weak employment laws to effectively swindle workers out of their retirement savings and future earnings. Last year, BP chief executive Bob Dudley was awarded a bonus of £2.6 million.”
“This year, one-third of workers on the aviation contract at Grangemouth could lose up to £13,000 a year from their pension on retirement and two-thirds upwards of £1400 a year from their basic earnings due to the loss of the BP share-match scheme. It’s the same old story of fat-cat executives dictating a race to the bottom on workers’ terms and conditions while their own snouts are stuck firmly in the trough.”

However, BP bosses have not been concerned over this weekends’ strike, with the company insisting that there will be “minimal disruption” for its clients across Scotland and the North East. A spokesman for the company said: “We’ve been aware of this strike as it has been a real prospect since the beginning of this week. We’ve been doing a lot of contingency planning: extra deliveries, other drivers coming from elsewhere to deliver to those sites affected and ensuring additional stock levels at those sites, to ensure minimal disruption for our customers.”

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