Tanker drivers and bosses are working to a new deadline which will see the threat of strikes carried over into next month.
According to conciliation service Acas, a “final” set of proposals has been drawn up in an attempt to end the fuel tanker driver dispute.
The union Unite has now been given until May 21 to decide whether or not to accept the deal.
Peter Harwood, Acas chief conciliator, said: “A final set of proposals has been produced by the fuel distribution contractors and Unite. The industrial action mandate has been extended to enable Unite to consult with its membership on these proposals.”
The details of the new proposals on the table are confidential, but the drivers have been fighting for better terms and conditions, training and a greater degree of health and safety in the workplace.
Unite representatives turned down a previous proposed deal last week, reportedly because it did not go far enough, and this led to fresh talks which took place this week.
The threat of a strike, which now enters a third month, reached a peak before the Easter weekend when motorists queued at petrol station forecourts, panic buying fuel incase industrial action took place over the busy holiday weekend.