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
We trust that this clarifies the situation and
the committee is clear that the mis-reported story from the T&GWU
3 November 2000