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Deal in works to avert strike by UK tanker drivers

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LONDON (AP) -- Fuel tanker drivers and oil companies in Britain say they have reached a possible deal to avert strikes that could have closed gas stations across the country.

The drivers who deliver fuel to gas companies including BP, Shell and Esso voted last month in favor of a strike in a dispute over safety and work conditions.

Though no date was set, the government suggested motorists should fill their tanks just in case, sparking a run on fuel that left some gas stations dry.

The two sides have been holding talks with the conciliation service Acas. Peter Harwood of Acas said Friday that "a set of proposals have been reached" to avert a walkout.

Details of the deal were not disclosed.

The Unite union said its officials would meet next week to discuss the proposals.

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