Travel Chaos and Petrol Shortages Predicted Next Week as Forecourt Delivery Drivers Strike Over Pay

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Travel Chaos and Petrol Shortages Predicted Next Week as Forecourt Delivery Drivers Strike Over Pay

Travel Chaos And Petrol Shortages Predicted Next Week As Forecourt Delivery Drivers Strike Over Pay

Petrol shortages loom over the North West and Scottish borders next week as forecourt delivery drivers prepare to strike over pay, potentially causing widespread travel disruption.

Travel Chaos And Petrol Shortages Predicted Next Week As Forecourt Delivery Drivers Strike Over Pay

From June 6, refinery-based delivery drivers employed by fuel logistics company Oxalis are set to walk out, raising concerns of grounded planes and motorists struggling to refuel.

Travel Chaos And Petrol Shortages Predicted Next Week As Forecourt Delivery Drivers Strike Over Pay

The strike, expected to last from June 6 to June 8 and resume on June 13 to June 15 at the Stanlow oil terminal, could severely impact fuel supplies to airlines such as Jet2 at Liverpool airport and major petrol retailers including Shell, BP, and Esso.

Travel Chaos And Petrol Shortages Predicted Next Week As Forecourt Delivery Drivers Strike Over Pay

The Unite union has warned of ‘significant disruption to fuel supplies across the North West and Scottish borders’, with fears that supermarket forecourts could also face shortages if other drivers refuse to cross the picket line.

Travel Chaos And Petrol Shortages Predicted Next Week As Forecourt Delivery Drivers Strike Over Pay

‘It’s very frowned upon within the industry to cross the line,’ a source at the refinery told the Mail. It is taken seriously.

Travel Chaos And Petrol Shortages Predicted Next Week As Forecourt Delivery Drivers Strike Over Pay

The dispute revolves around pay disparities, with Oxalis drivers based at Stanlow claiming they have been offered significantly less than their counterparts in other regions. According to Unite, drivers in Thurrock and Birmingham have been offered £2 an hour more than those at Stanlow.

Travel Chaos And Petrol Shortages Predicted Next Week As Forecourt Delivery Drivers Strike Over Pay

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham criticized Oxalis for treating Stanlow-based drivers as ‘second-class workers’ and pledged the union’s full support for their quest for equal pay.

Unite regional officer Paul Lomax emphasized the potential impact on Oxalis’ clients, warning that fuel shortages could inconvenience their customers if the pay dispute is not resolved.

Responding to the situation, a spokesman for Oxalis stated: ‘Oxalis has offered drivers a 19 per cent pay increase over two years. Any further increase severely compromises the viability of the operation and puts jobs at risk.

While further talks between Oxalis and the union are planned, contingency plans are in place to ensure the continuation of operations in the event of industrial action.

BP, Shell, Jet2, and Esso were contacted for comment regarding the impending strike and potential disruptions to fuel supplies.

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