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UKPIA statement on tanker drivers’ rejection of settlement proposals


18 April 2012

UKPIA, the trade association representing the main oil refining and marketing companies in the UK, is disappointed that members of the Unite union representing tanker drivers have rejected the proposals for settlement of the dispute with their employers.

Chris Hunt, Director General of UKPIA commented: “We had hoped that these proposals would be accepted following conclusion of detailed discussions between the parties at ACAS. We very much hope that further talks will resolve the differences and avoid the prospect of strike action that has the potential to cause serious disruption to the UK economy.”


Enquiries to: Nick Vandervell, UKPIA Tel. 020 7269 7604

Notes to editors:

  1. UKPIA represents nine oil refining and marketing companies that operate 7 of the 8 major oil refineries in the UK; the refineries processed 73 million tonnes of crude oil and produced 75.4 million tonnes of refined products in 2010 (Source: DECC- DUKES data). UKPIA members also own around 1,900 of the 8,700 filling stations in the UK.
  2. An outline of the major challenges facing the UK oil refining sector are set out in UKPIA’s recent publication “Fuelling the UK’s future- the role of our refining and downstream oil industry”, as well as in the Briefing Paper “Distribution and Marketing in the downstream oil industry”. See

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