Threat to Haulier’s Fuel supplies
19th November 1965, Page 18
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From a Special Correspondent SHORTLY before an official strike at the Walsall Wood depot of Collins Express Parcel Service Ltd. ended last week-end, Regent Oil Co. Ltd. warned a Birmingham garage firm that it would deliver no further fuel supplies unless the firm gave an undertaking not to supply Collins. This resulted from a TGWU decision to warn its tanker driver members not to deliver fuel to any garage known to be supplying Collins.
Mr. Lionel Mayman, managing director of the firm—Hunts (Birmingham) Ltd.— said that Regent had told him that regretfully no supplies would arrive until he had given the undertaking asked for. “I sought the advice of the Ministry of Labour on this matter “, he said: ‘1t is extraordinary that retailers such as ourselves, whose job is providing a service for the public, should be hit in this manner by a dispute in which we have no part.” There seems no doubt that if the strike had continued Hunts would have had to stop supplying Collins.
Mr. Alan Law, regional commercial trade group secretary of the TGWU, said that his members at the Regent company’s Stourport depot, who were contributing to the strike fund, had complained that Collins’ drivers were filling up their vehicles at Hunts.
The dispute at Collins began on September 30 after the dismissal of a shop steward for disciplinary reasons. Now the company has agreed to take the dispute to arbitration. However, on the day before the strike ended the management claimed that all but 21 of the men had returned to work. Collins have more than 200 drivers and depot staff at Walsall Wood.