TANKFREIGHT TO PAY PERCENTAGE
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• Tankfreight has caved in to pressure from its 300 nonpetroleum drivers and dropped plans to give them a E225 lump sum instead of a percentage pay increase to June next year. The NFC subsidiary is now offering the chemical and edible goods drivers a 2% increase on basic pay, backdated to July 1993, The drivers will be balloted on whether to accept the revised package within the next two weeks. Before then, union officials and Tankfreight management will brief the staff at around 10 locations.
Tankfreight dropped its original plans after the drivers overwhelmingly rejected the lump sum and their union officials threatened to ballot for industrial action. Transport & General Workers Union regional trade group officer Jim Gouldbourne said at the time: "A cash figure subject to income tax does not do anything for the next round of negotiations" (CM 7-13 October).