Petrol shortages rear their ugly head again


Britain may suffer shortage of petrol due to a threat to strike by the biggest transport union. They swore they would convince over 3,000 drivers of fuel tankers to walk out.

The same workers’ union, who led the cabin crew strike at British Airways, has received ballots from throughout the industry in a reaction to the dragging out of a disagreement over pensions and conditions at work.

The strike would take out haulage contractors, drivers for oil companies, and supermarkets, the walkout could happen between February and March.

“All of this might come down at once,” declared an organiser of the fuel strikes in 2007, Mike Presneill.

Not only could this be a major strike of up to 80% of the tank drivers, but it could ensnare many independents. They are frustrated because of the raising diesel prices.

Len McLuskey is the hub of the new militant approach that has been growing in the union since he as elected its general secretary. He released a stiff warning that labourers were set to retaliate against the spending cuts freely taken by the Government.

“There is a crucial niche the tanker driver fills in our economy. He gets the fuel to the locations safely on time. However, this particular industry is a billion-pound industry and they feel content to mess up the pay, pension, and conditions of the drivers.” McLuskey pointed out.

“Pay isn’t what this is all about. We are being more than reasonable in our requests. We would like to see standards all across the nation set so our industry stabilizes. Of course our members would receive benefits from this stability, but also would the many who contract in it.”

UK Petroleum Industry Association’s representative reminded us that the real problem would arise from panic buying if a strike of such scale were to occur.