Monday, 26 March 2012

Lowering wages of fuel tanker drivers

I understand from the BBC that fuel tanker drivers have voted to go on strike in a row over pay and conditions. As a contingency to prevent disription, the army are being trained up to carry out fuel deliveries.

Elsewhere, according to Wikipedia, the British army is set to downsize itself by about 15,000 folk by 2015.

Back to fuel tanker drivers striking:-
One of the companies involved, Hoyer, said its safety standards were very high.
A Hoyer spokesman said: "Hoyer has one of the highest health, safety and training standards in the petroleum distribution sector."
The firm said that pay and conditions for Hoyer drivers were among "the best in the industry", adding that the company's drivers earned on average £45,000 a year.

On the armed forces website, according to the payscales page, it takes someone of Warrant officer or Captain rank to earn £45,000. Privates earn between £14,000 to £25,000.

So as a result of the fuel drivers striking, the army providing contingency and downsizing, there's going to be a lot of freshly trained and experienced previously low paid potential fuel tanker driver.

Is this whole thing just a little going away present for the squadies?

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