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”.