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Tanker strike is avoided

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 12, 2012

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A STRIKE by tanker drivers has been narrowly avoided after a vote against industrial action.

Motorists in Swansea and across South West Wales felt the impact of a panic at the pumps last month when filling stations ran dry.

Members of union Unite, working for seven major oil distribution firms, voted by 51 per cent to accept proposals including the introduction of an industry-wide passport covering health and safety and training.

Members working in four of the seven firms voted to reject the proposals.

Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland said the narrow vote to avoid strikes should be a "wake-up" call for an industry riddled with deep- seated problems.

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