15 May, 2014
Pickets of BP service stations suspended as talks with Toll resume
Pickets of BP services stations due to get underway this afternoon in Wellington and Christchurch have been suspended following developments late yesterday.
A small group of petroleum tanker drivers at Toll Carriers in Northland have been taking industrial action in support of a pay claim since May 1. The drivers supply the BP and Gasoline Alley service stations in Northland.
The drivers, members of FIRST Union, have been bargaining since January for a collective agreement and wage rates closer to what competitors pay.
FIRST Union Transport & Logistics organiser Jared Abbott said that BP had yesterday facilitated the resumption of negotiations, and that FIRST Union and Toll will be meeting on Friday with a view to progress negotiations to achieve a collective agreement for the workers including a pay increase.