Tanker drivers’ strike off as BP ‘does the right thing’

Tanker drivers' strike off as BP 'does the right thing'

27 February 2013

Unite tanker drivers at Scotland’s only oil refinery in Grangemouth have called off strike action this afternoon (Wednesday 27 February) after BP did ‘the right thing’ and settled with workers over cuts to pay and pensions.  
Following fresh negotiations over the last few days, the oil giant will now recompense tanker drivers who stood to lose up to £16,000 a year on their pension value and £1,400 a year on their basic earnings as a result of an imminent aviation contract transfer to DHL.  
The workers, who will transfer shortly from BP to DHL, will receive the full value of the BP share-match scheme as an indefinite monthly payment. Deals have also been agreed to cover losses to pensions as a result of the contract transfer.
42 drivers had already taken 72 hours of strike action since last Friday and further strikes were planned from Thursday 28th February.  
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 - a company that raked in nearly £8 billion in profit last year – and firm in their collective belief that no worker should have to endure financial loss as a result of a transfer of employment.
"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.
"Today's outcome should also send out a message to workers and employers across the industry: There is power in a trade union and this union - Unite - will fight back against any attempts to cut our members’ hard fought terms and conditions.”

Notes to Editors:  

  • For further information please contact Unite regional industrial officer Tony Trench or Peter Welsh in the Unite Scotland Campaigns Unit on 07810157931.