Tanker drivers call off strike after pay and pension victory

Pic Lisa McPhillips 22/02/2013' GRANGEMOUTH, BP Gate 1, Powdrake Road - pic of striking tanker drivers on picket duty.
Pic Lisa McPhillips 22/02/2013' GRANGEMOUTH, BP Gate 1, Powdrake Road - pic of striking tanker drivers on picket duty.

A last-minute deal has averted further strike action at Grangemouth oil refinery.

Unite tanker drivers were claiming victory after BP “did the right thing” and settled with workers over cuts to pay and pensions.

They stood to lose up to £16,000 a year on their pension value and £1400 a year on basic earnings as a result of an aviation contract transfer to DHL.

But following negotiations, the 42 workers who will transfer from BP to DHL will receive the full value of the BP share-match scheme as an indefinite monthly payment and deals have also been agreed to cover losses to pensions as a result of the contract transfer.

Last weekend, the drivers took 72 hours of strike action with further strikes planned from tomorrow (Thursday).

Unite industrial officer Tony Trench said: “This is a magnificent result for our members who were resolute in their pursuit of pay and pension justice from BP.

“We’ve faced down the fourth biggest company in the world over the basic principle of fairness. We said from the outset we were always prepared to negotiate and that, after Friday’s 72 hour strike action, the ball was firmly in BP’s court to end the dispute by doing the right thing. It has done the right thing.”