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Wincanton haulage drivers balloted over strike action

Lorry drivers are to be balloted over industrial action in a row over pay and conditions, Unite union said.

More than 100 drivers for Wincanton haulage are being balloted by the union, which said it remained ready to talk to resolve the dispute.

Depots in Immingham, Kingsbury and Stockton-on-Tees would be affected if the strike goes ahead.

Matt Draper, of Unite, said balloting for strikes was the only option. Wincanton was unavailable for comment.

Unite claim a vote in favour of action would cause disruption to the Wincanton's major contract with oil company, Conoco Philips, delivering fuel to petrol stations, Jet.

Matt Draper, Unite national officer said: "We now have no option but to ballot for industrial action to protect the terms and conditions that have been negotiated over many years.

"The union remains ready to talk to resolve this dispute but will not stand by and let Wincanton bully our members."

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