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Record View: Drivers' woe.

MOTORISTS are facing more misery this weekend after hundreds of tanker drivers went on strike over pay.

The pumps look certain to dry up in some places, as supplies run low and people stock up.

But the dispute should have been resolved long ago.

And it could be ended in a second if oil giants Shell were prepared to dip into their pockets for what amounts to loose change from their multi-billion profits.

They put their in-house tanker deliveries out to contract to save cash.

Unions accept the haulage firms which now employ the drivers cannot afford to meet the drivers' wage claims on what Shell pay them.

So it's time for Shell to consider three things: thepounds 1.5billion they make each month; the pounds 1million it would cost to end the strike; and their responsibility to the public.

The conclusion should be obvious. They should payup.

Then the drivers can leave the picket lines and we can all get back on the road - no doubt fuelled by Shell petrol.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 14, 2008
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