Unite will return to talks at Acas on Monday April 23 as well as re-ballot more than 530 tanker drivers working for Hoyer Petrolog in a dispute over minimum standards.

The talks follow an agreement by the other five companies involved in the dispute to extend the union’s ballot mandate until Tuesday April 24. The agreement lifts the need for Unite to give seven days’ notice of a limited one-hour stoppage today. All six employers will be involved in the talks.

The re-ballot came as concerns were raised that a number of members did not receive ballot papers. The union will be balloting members who deliver fuel for Shell and Esso from 26 April to 8 May.

The Hoyer tanker drivers had voted 59.7% in favour of strikes on a turnout of almost 80% in the previous ballot.

Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland said: “We remain committed to reaching a negotiated settlement with Hoyer and the other employers that brings stability and security to the supply of a vital commodity.

“It has come to our attention that a number of people did not receive ballot papers. This is a concern because we believe that everyone should have a say. We will be seeking a fresh mandate from our members in Hoyer who – like all tanker drivers – face a race to the bottom in an increasingly fragmented industry.”

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