Union rules out fuel strike over Easter

By: Anna Redman

The Unite Union has decided against a possible fuel strike over Easter. However, a strike may still occur after Easter depending on the results of reconciliation talks.

The government caused panic buying when they advised drivers to fill up their tanks. Independent experts suggest petrol demands rose 172% yesterday.

In a statement, assistant general secretary Diana Holland said: “We do still retain the right to call strike action for after Easter should those talks break down.”

Approximately 90% of UK forecourts are supplied by Unite union. Almost 2,000 members are at the centre of this dispute.

Unite’s drivers are responsible for delivering fuel to Shell and Esso garages as well as a number of supermarkets.

On Thursday, Energy Secretary Ed Davey advised that people “just need to do the sensible thing… get a full tank of petrol, not a half-tank”.

BA to give details for flight cancellation

Pic courtesy: British Airways

Edinburgh: British Airways is expected to announce which of its flights may be cancelled because of a strike planned by cabin crew for next weekend. The dispute is over reduced staffing levels and pay at the airline, with the first strike due to start on March 20. The strike is due to last for three days, with a second four-day walkout due to begin on March 27.
                  The announcement will allow hundreds of thousands of passengers to make informed choices about what alternative arrangements to make. The strike will not take place over Easter. However the BA union has threatened that if a resolution is still not agreed upon then their would be further action after April 14.

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