Petrol tanker drivers' dispute which could bring chaos to our roads
About 2,000 tanker drivers, from five fuel distribution companies, are in row over terms and conditions and safety standards.
The union Unite, which represents drivers, says the fuel distribution industry is too fragmented and needs a national forum which would hold the employers to account over conditions.
The union claims some workers have had their contracts repeatedly renegotiated and some have had six different pension providers in 10 years.
Unite is also concerned about shorter delivery deadlines for drivers.
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Drivers have voted in favour of strikes, raising the threat of walkouts during the Easter weekend, when millions of families will take to the road for the first major holiday of the year.
Unite will have to give seven days' notice of any walkouts, but talks are expected be held before the end of the week at the conciliation service Acas to try to avert stoppages.
An Acas spokesman said: "We are in urgent discussions with the parties involved on an individual basis.
"It is normal for us to do this to establish the format for talks.
"There are eight parties involved in this dispute – Unite and seven contractors.
"Acas always encourages the parties involved in a dispute to enter constructive dialogue."
"When discussions do get under way, all seven companies involved in the dispute will be invited to take part."