Fuel shortages could be on the cards as JW Suckling tanker drivers in London, Essex, Middlesex and Grangemouth prepare to take strike action over a pay dispute.

According to the union Unite the 39 tanker dirvers have voted “overwhelmingly” for industrial action and will take part in continuous strikes from 00:01 on Tuesday 16 April until a deal is reached.

The transport company is accused of failing to meet the terms of its 2024 pay deal, which would see tanker drivers receive an improved pension as well as equal terms and conditions with colleagues throughout the country.

Unite is warning that the industrial action could mean fuel shortages across London, the South East and Scotland resulting in queues at petrol pumps and disruption to journeys.

Picket lines will take place from 16 April at the Reach Lorry Park, Fiddlers Reach, Hedley Avenue, Grays, Essex RM20 4EL, Bedfont Road, Stanwell, Staines, Middlesex TW19 7LZ and at Inchyra Road, Grangemouth FK3 9XB.

In its latest financial results for the year to 31 December 2022 the company revealed turnover rising to £27.3m (2021: £21.1m), whilst pre-tax profit more than doubled to £1.4m (2021: £664,628) in the period.

Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham, said: “It’s despicable to see any company, but especially a multi-million-pound enterprise, break contractual agreements on pay. It simply should not happen.

“Securing better pay, jobs and conditions is our bread and butter. We will do all we can to ensure our members at JW Suckling are granted the pay they were promised.”

Unite regional officer, Nick West, added: “There are a host of serious risks that come with being a tanker driver. JW Suckling is fully aware of this and is showing massive disrespect to workers.

”Any disruption caused is a direct result of them failing to come to the table and discuss concerns of our members.”

A request for comment from JW Suckling has yet to receive a response.