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tanker drivers and 45K

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by heldon, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. heldon

    heldon Occasional commenter

    are tanker drivers really paid 45K ,if they are then I am in the wrong job
    maybe there is more to this one than meets the eye?
     
  2. I think that includes a lot of overtime and long shifts (breaks you have to take 300 miles from home aren't much fun).
     
  3. Well said.
     
  4. A lot of it is danger money, I would think. Driving around 30,000-odd litres of highly flammable fuel wouldn't be my idea of fun! Particularly with my luck (have been driven into twice in the last 2 years...)
     
  5. Well said too! (sympathise with the traffic accidents though)

     
  6. cochrane1964

    cochrane1964 New commenter

    You might find a lot of the dispute is about safety concerns. Not that the press will report that.
     
  7. jonowen

    jonowen Occasional commenter

    Absolutely cochrane, some of the narrow and wind-ey roads in my part of the country must be a nightmare for these truck drivers - if they earn £45k that's not too much in my opinion. We fortunatley don't hear of many fuel truck accidents so the drivers obviously take care and respect what they do.
     
  8. Yup, definitely not a job I would want at all. Anti-social hours, dangerous loads, roads and fuel companies trying to cut costs by asking drivers to work for longer and drive faster. I don't begrudge them their £45k
     
  9. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    I think the £45k thing is a fallacy, apparently it's about £36k on average . . . . . .good on them for putting on a fight for their H & S.
     
  10. I'd not swap jobs - and I'm saying that after a long afternoon of S4s who don't give a toss about work now that their folio is done and couldn't wait for the start of the holidays!
     
  11. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    Is everyone on holiday now?
    Your S4 comments rung soooooooooooo true!
     
  12. cobalt54

    cobalt54 New commenter

    The money looks good, but the reality is less so.
    Many of the drivers have lost their contractual rights, and are now merely hired hands. They can be sacked without a moments notice.
    Sounds a bit like Education Scotland.
     
  13. anotherauntsally

    anotherauntsally Senior commenter

    Yes and it seems they have to stay in sight of their load at all times - so not much of a break.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17525461
    Their jobs seem much less secure as well since deliveries have been contracted out and now that the winning of contracts seems to be starting to depend more on price than expertise, it should be a huge concern for all of us not just the tanker drivers.
     

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