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Wincanton “disappointed” after Unite rejects tanker driver proposals

April 20, 2012 Christopher Walton

Wincanton says it is “extremely disappointed” that Unite failed to persuade its tanker driver members to accept proposals put forward over terms and conditions after six days of talks at conciliation service Acas. A spokeswoman for the operator says: “Along with the five other employers, Wincanton entered into the talks in good faith, having clearly stated that sector-wide collective bargaining on pay was not to be on the agenda. “With just one third of the industry represented by the employers […]

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More talks after tanker drivers reject proposals

April 19, 2012 Christopher Walton

Six fuel delivery operators face further talks at Acas after tanker drivers represented by union Unite rejected proposals regarding employment security. The union, which represents some 1,200 tanker drivers will now seek further talks with DHL, BP, Wincanton, Norbert Dentressangle, Turners (Soham) and Hoyer. Delegates at the union say that while progress had been made on health, safety and training, proposals on maintaining standards, security of employment and sub-contracting did not give Unite confidence that the problems they describe as […]

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Pallet networks buck the trend

April 18, 2012 Chris Druce

As the economy struggles, UK pallet networks continue to record year-on-year growth. The UK’s pallet networks shifted more than 15.3 million pallets last year, a 7.3% rise on the number moved in 2010. Data from the Association of Pallet Networks (APN) shows that while the UK, and beyond, has endured recession, the networks have continued to outperform the economy. Eight of the nine UK networks are APN members, representing more than 650 hauliers, almost 30,000 vehicles and 13 million ft2 […]

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Montracon produces Jumbo reefer

April 13, 2012 Laura Hailstone

Trailer manufacturer Montracon has launched a full length double-deck reefer trailer following demand from operators for greater carrying capacity within the standard 13.6m trailer length. The 4.7m high straight frame trailer, called Jumbo during its development, has a 3.2m internal height creating 150m3 internal capacity. It can carry up to 52 UK pallets, or 66 Euro-sized pallets, using adjustable decking beams. Sales and marketing director Paul Mead says the trailer fills a gap in its refrigerated range. “It will appeal […]

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Code of Practice key to realising night-time delivery legacy

April 12, 2012 Chris Druce

Transport firms must follow Transport for London’s (TfL) Code of Practice if the industry is to enjoy greater flexibility when making night time deliveries after the Olympics. The document is the culmination of several months of out-of-hours trials at various London locations, run in partnership with councils by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Noise Abatement Society. It comes after TfL commissioner Peter Hendy called on the industry to grasp the opportunity the Games present road transport at MT’s […]

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Logistics poised for mergers and acquisitions activity

April 11, 2012 Hayley Pink

The transport and logistics sector is set for a flurry of mergers and acquisitions this year, according to advisory firm KPMG, following a year of subdued activity in 2011. Steffen Wagner, European head of transport transactions at KPMG, says: “This year certainly took off to a promising start. Many companies, particularly in the logistics segment, are sitting on full coffers and are ready for increased strategic acquisitions.” He adds that any activity will rely on three main factors: GDP development […]

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Finalists revealed for 2012 Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards

April 11, 2012 Laura Hailstone

The UK’s brightest female talent within road transport have been whittled down to a select few ahead of next month’s fifth MAN Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards. “Yet again, we are bowled over by the quality of our finalists and hope they show others what fantastic opportunities there are for women looking for a varied and challenging career,” says Maxine Benson, co-founder of Everywoman. Taking place at The Savoy Hotel in London on 17 May, the awards aim to […]

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Fuel-tanker driver talks reach fourth day

April 11, 2012 Hayley Pink

Fuel distributors and the Unite union are poised for a fourth day of negotiations over tanker drivers’ training, safety and employment terms. Conciliation service Acas is heading up the talks, which first kicked off last Wednesday (4 April) and reconvened yesterday morning (10 April) at 10am following the Easter weekend. The negotiations follow a majority vote for national strike action announced on 26 March from Unite tanker drivers, which supply fuel to around 90% of UK fuel courts – about […]

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Name change for Transport for London’s FORS

April 10, 2012 Chris Druce

Transport for London (TfL) has changed the name of its operator recognition scheme to encourage greater take up amongst smaller firms. The Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), which was launched in April 2008, has now been rebranded as the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme in a bid to broaden its appeal. A TfL spokesman says: “TfL has recently changed the name of the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme to be the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, to help encourage more small and medium […]

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Acas fuel tanker driver talks reconvene

April 10, 2012 Hayley Pink

Haulage bosses from six fuel distribution firms are due to resume talks with the Unite union this morning (10 April) following the Easter weekend. Conciliation service Acas is leading the discussions, which kicked off last Wednesday (4 April) and continued for two days, over tanker drivers’ training, safety and employment conditions. Acas chief conciliator Peter Harwood says of the talks so far: “The discussions have been constructive, with the parties positively  engaged and committed to the process.” If talks fail, […]