Soldiers Stand By To Deliver Petrol Supplies

#1
Quick mention on BBC radio 5 live news this morning

Sky News

Hundreds of soldiers are being lined up to stand in for petrol tanker drivers threatening strike action next month.

The Army and police are on standby to ensure fuel deliveries do not grind to a halt resulting in the same chaos that hit Tony Blair's government in 2000.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said the Government had "learnt the lessons" of the past and stood "ready to act" if members of the Unite union walk out.

The results of a strike ballot of 2,000 tanker drivers are expected tomorrow and a strike could begin from April 3.

Mr Maude appealed to the union and employers, including DHL and BP, to come to an agreement that averts industrial action.

But contingency plans are in place that could see soldiers being called in to drive tankers and police preventing blockades.

Army Lined Up To Stand In For Petrol Tanker Drivers Threatening Strike Action Next Month | UK News | Sky News
 
#2
These ******* get around FORTY FIVE GRAND a year to drive a ****ing lorry, exactly what are they winging about? If it's that bad do one and let some other poor sod have a go. Once again they're wheeling out the army (on considerably less than 45k a year) to stand in for some poor hard done by over worked, underpaid darlings. Put this along side the massive cost of the policing operation which will be required and they're going to add even more misery to an already shagged economy, well done fellas.

How exactly do they justify their wage, I can't recall the last time I heard of a tanker driver getting KIA? They're right up there with tube drivers for me (another bunch of severely overpaid militant cnuts who delight in ****ing about the Great British public).

On the up side we've got bunkered fuel at work and I'll be able to fill my car up to get there but still...........
 
#3
What are they striking for Is it more pay or lower fuel prices? If it's the fuel price then I'm with them all the way the only way to make this Government to carry out the will of the people is to force them to. It's a disgrace that we pay the most amount of tax on fuel in the world!! have a look at fairfueluk.co. and see what you think.

And rant over.........
 
#4
IIRC better working conditions, there's more info here

http://www.arrse.co.uk/current-affairs-news-analysis/179283-army-keep-petrol-stations-open.html

I'm still baffled why the Government does'nt take the approach which, I know won't please all:

Removing Vehicle Excise Duty (Vehicle tax) & focus on the Fuel price in total, result all these non-taxed European/Overseas haulage trucks entering the UK have no choice but also pay their way while in the UK.

Result: everyone is on a level playing field & equally more revenue for Treasury.
 
#5
will have enough fuel to get to work for 2 weeks.
and may get the chance to refuel at work.
once the panic sets in the country will be dry within 2 days.
and take a week to get back to normal!

oh and for 40k a year i would drive a tanker.
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
#11
The more industrial action the better as far as I'm concerned. It's for too long this govt has ran roughshod over the working man. I'd love to see the Doctors and Nurses strike.
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
#13
I agree, the more industrial action the better. Then the government can really go to town on the unions and crush the wastrels once and for all."Ran roughshod over the working man?" Are you on drugs? The working man had been given all manner of giveaways by the treacherous, incompetent buffoons in the previous government. Unfortunately however, the fatal flaw in the plan was there was no money to pay for it. Hence why things are being put back to what can be afforded. If you don't like it, TOUGH SHIT.
No the last govt were no better unless you were on benefits or an asylum seeker. The Tory's cut then employ agency staff at higher costs, then decide its too expensive.
 
#14
I agree, the more industrial action the better. Then the government can really go to town on the unions and crush the wastrels once and for all."Ran roughshod over the working man?" Are you on drugs? The working man had been given all manner of giveaways by the treacherous, incompetent buffoons in the previous government. Unfortunately however, the fatal flaw in the plan was there was no money to pay for it. Hence why things are being put back to what can be afforded. If you don't like it, TOUGH SHIT.

No the working man got nothing from the last government.

It was the wasters who don't work or play the soft touch
system.
 
#15
No the working man got nothing from the last government.

It was the wasters who don't work or play the soft touch
system.
And yet the working man still voted red.
 
#16
And yet the working man still voted red.
Too true.

My (slightly commie) dad used to say "If Joe Stalin wore a blue rosette in Weybridge he'd get the tory vote".

I used to like reminding him that, if Hitler, Ghengis Khan or Mussolini had stood for Labour in his Manchester constituency the thick bastards would have sent the lot of them to Westminster with an increased majority.
 
#17
Too true.

My (slightly commie) dad used to say "If Joe Stalin wore a blue rosette in Weybridge he'd get the tory vote".

I used to like reminding him that, if Hitler, Ghengis Khan or Mussolini had stood for Labour in his Manchester constituency the thick bastards would have sent the lot of them to Westminster with an increased majority.
That's rather unfair...


Ghenghis was a good man.:twisted:
 
M

mogwaimarshall

Guest
#20
this has nothing to do with how much they earn a year, its about the fact drivers are getting sacked, redundant or told there is no more work , and then the same companies hiring third party companies with their own drivers which means they dont have to pay as much. not only this but health and safety issues need dealing with, time and time again issues have been bought up but have been ignored. everybody must remember the bunsfield explosion, was said to be the largest none wartime explosion since ww2. this happened due to health and safety being ignored.

yes the pay is good but to get the experience and qaulifications can take several years. anybody that bitches on here about how much they get paid are just a bunch of hypocrites because im sure if i said to you im going to pay you 40,000 a year to drive a truck full of highly flammable liquid, you would not turn it down, i know i would happily do the job.

some drivers are only being offered the minimum wage to do the job. and for the amount of responsibility that is required that is a joke.
 

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