Select Committee on Trade and Industry Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary memorandum submitted by BP Oil UK

  Further to our written submission and oral evidence on Tuesday 31 October BP would like to respond to a question posed during the oral session. It was claimed by the T&GWU that BP had instructed drivers operating from Cardiff Terminal "to take a holiday and return when the trouble was over".

  Firstly, BP does not own Cardiff Terminal; it is a Texaco operated terminal. Secondly, our drivers were not told to take a holiday while the terminal was blockaded.

  We have three night shift drivers who live in Swansea who were formerly employed at the now closed Swansea Terminal. They now pick up fuel from Cardiff but they make a round-trip of 90 miles in their own cars to get to work. When the service stations in Swansea and Cardiff ran dry we placed those drivers on stand-by in order to conserve their own fuel while the terminal was blockaded. The men remained on duty at all times and were instructed to remain by their phones and ready to drive at a moment's notice. They were not on holiday. Their location meant that we were able to maximise our ability to deliver when the terminal re-opened.

  We trust that this clarifies the situation and the committee is clear that the mis-reported story from the T&GWU is unfounded.

3 November 2000

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