Wincanton's oil men settle
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THERE have been teething problems over Wincanton Transport's taking over of Amoco's fleet, but the Transport and General Workers' Union expects the situation to settle.
Wincanton took over distribution for Amoco on May 1, and took charge of its seven depots and around 110 tankers. The company made 164 redundant — mostly drivers — but took most of them On again.
But TGWU national officer Gary Cram told CM that Wincanton had decided that it only wanted to bargain locally. After "a bit of a fight", the company agreed to bargain nationally for pay, sickness and holiday, he said. The situation had now settled down.
There was also a work to rule at the Cadishead, Greater Manchester depot, which resulted in all seven depots supporting a day's stoppage over hourly payments and work schedules. But TGWU district secretary Harry Warner said that the situation had been resolved quickly.