Unite welcomes prospect of ACAS talks

Unite today (Wednesday, 28 March) welcomed the prospect of meaningful talks through ACAS in a bid to resolve a dispute involving tanker drivers over minimum standards and growing instability in the oil industry.

Commenting Unite, assistant general secretary, Diana Holland, said: “We welcome the prospect of exploratory talks and await a formal invitation from ACAS. Unite has said all along that we want a negotiated settlement through meaningful talks. Our focus is in finding a settlement that halts the race to the bottom in an increasingly fragmented industry. The minimum standards we are seeking are no different from those covering other parts of the oil industry.

“We trust that the employers, and the supply chain, including oil majors, will engage with us and that the government will do everything in their power to help us avoid industrial action.”

ENDS

For further information contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065, or Alex Flynn, Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665 869 or Chantal Chegrinec, Unite campaigns officer, on 07774 146 777.

Notes to editors

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.