Tanker Driver Strike Action Ruled Out
The Unite Union has confirmed that they will not be asking their members to strike over Easter. This will hopefully give the public the confidence to not panic buy and thus allowing both retail forecourts and terminals to replenish supplies.
With a 7 day notice period required before industrial action, there should be no need for panic buying though whilst forecourt stocks are low and queues being experienced, we would recommend that our customers do not let their tanks run too low and that they ensure they have enough fuel for the entire journey whenever possible.
Mark Wayne, Managing Director March 2012
Unite have advised that it retains the right to call industrial action if talks between the union and the seven distribution companies through the arbitration service at ACAS break down and talks are expected to start next week.
And whilst Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude recently encouraged the irresponsible and dangerous behaviour of storing fuel in a jerrycan, we advise against the inappropriate and potentially unsafe storage of fuel at your home.
The potential dangers have been highlighted today by reports of a York woman accidentally setting fire to herself last night, suffering 40% burns after the petrol caught fire in the kitchen of her home whilst she tried to decant the fuel from one container to another so her daughter could fill her car.
For more information on fuel supply and fuel cards, please contact our advisors