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Moves to head off drivers' strike.

CONTINGENCY plans were being finalised last night to deal with the impact of a planned four-day strike by oil tanker drivers which could hit one in 10 filling stations across the UK.

Hundreds of members of the Unite Union employed by two firms working on Shell contracts are due to walk out from 6am on Friday until 6am the following Tuesday in a pay dispute.

Talks are due to be held at the conciliation service Acas over the next few days in a bid to avert the industrial action.

A spokesman for the Business Department said yesterday that formal collaboration with the fuel industry had been under way since the end of last week.

A spokesman said: "It is difficult to gauge what the impact of the strike would be if it went ahead.

"Shell accounts for about one in 10 filling stations and it is inevitable there would be some stock outs."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 10, 2008
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