Govt reaction to dispute about tanker safety - extend hours for drivers
Are they taking the piss?
Fuel driver hours rules relaxed by government
Under EU rules, drivers are limited to nine hours on the road each day, but this has now been raised to 11 hours.
Unite's drivers, who deliver fuel to Shell and Esso garages and supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury's, have called for minimum working conditions covering pay, hours, holiday and redundancy.
It says the strike ballot is about safety standards and terms and conditions, not about pay, and also says shorter delivery deadlines have created a "turn and burn" culture.
"It has come to pass that working-men have been surrendered, all isolated and helpless, to the hard-heartedness of employers and the greed of unchecked competition...A small number of very rich men have been able to lay upon the teeming masses of the labouring poor a yoke little better than that of slavery itself." Pope Leo XIII