Conciliation talks to try to resolve the tanker drivers dispute have been adjourned until next Tuesday


Acas adjourned conciliation talks to try to resolve the tanker drivers dispute late last night.

(Pictured: Wincanton drivers on strike in Lincolnshire during an earlier stage of the dispute, January 2012)

Unite negotiators have now held two sessions of proxy talks at the so-far undisclosed location in London with representatives of six fuel haulage companies: Wincanton, DHL, BP, Hoyer, J W Suckling and Norbert Dentressangle.

Acas Chief Conciliator Peter Harwood said last night: *After 24 hours of discussions over two days between Unite and the six fuel distribution contractors, talks adjourned at 10pm this  evening with the parties agreeing to meet again with Acas next Tuesday, 10th April, at 10am.

*The discussions have been constructive with the parties positively engaged and committed to the process. We are pleased that they have agreed to continue their discussions with Acas next week.

“Of course, everyone will be respecting the confidentiality of the process. Therefore, no further comment will be made by any of the parties involved.”

Thursday’s talks lasted for 15 hours continuously; yesterday’s session began at 9am and ended 11 hours later, at 10pm.

By midday, it is understood there had still been no face-to-face meetings between the two sides. Instead, Acas officials had been shuttling between the two delegations in separate rooms.

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