Contingency plans are in place at ConocoPhillips depots around the country as strike action threatens fuel deliveries. The company said Wincanton tanker drivers – who launched seven days of strike action this morning – accounted for around 20% of the delivery drivers that use the ConocoPhillips terminals.

More than 120 oil tanker drivers at terminals in Immingham, Warwickshire and Stockton-on-Tees have walked out in a dispute over Wincanton’s proposals to slash pay by up to 20% and downgrade workers’ pensions, according to Unite, the country’s biggest union.

Tony Conway, marketing manager at ConocoPhillips, said: “The dispute is between Wincanton and their drivers. ConocoPhillips has no direct involvement. The Wincanton drivers do deliver ConocoPhillips’ fuel via a contract and account for approximately 20% of the delivery drivers that use our terminals.

“ConocoPhillips depots will be open and fuel available. Contingency plans are in place should the depots be blocked by the union action. The Humber refinery will operate as normal.”

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