BOSSES of a logistics firm which was facing strike action from fuel tanker drivers say they are "pleased" issues have been resolved without industrial action.

Members of the Unite union based at Stanlow Oil Refinery in Ellesmere Port had planned to walk out on June 6-8 and 13-15, affecting deliveries across the North West and Scottish Borders, as they claimed their pay offer was significantly lower than that of colleagues in other parts of the country.

The drivers, who work for Oxalis Logistics supplying garage forecourts and aviation fuel, called off the strikes on Monday after an improved pay deal was agreed.

A spokeswoman for the company, which was formerly Hoyer, said: "Oxalis were pleased to resolve the issue with our Stanlow-based drivers without unnecessary industrial action taking place.

"Whilst the overall value of our pay offer did not change in the final few weeks of negotiations, we were able to satisfy our colleagues’ requests to redirect monies from one element of their pay to another.

"Most importantly, operations continued as normal and neither our customers or the general public were affected whatsoever."

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: "Congratulations to Oxalis’s Stanlow tanker drivers, who stood together for better pay and won.

"This is yet another example of how Unite’s unrelenting focus on improving jobs, pay and conditions is boosting our members’ incomes."