HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright hopes tanker firm bosses and unions can sort out their differences to avoid the risk of strikes.
Fuel tanker drivers voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a dispute over terms and conditions and safety standards.
No dates have been identified yet for a strike. But the Government says plans are in place to minimise disruption including using the Army.
Mr Wright (pictured) hopes it does not come to that and said: “I hope the management and unions are able to sit down and come to some sort of compromise.
“If there is a strike we will start to see people panic buy.
“I think for the good of the workers involved and the wider economy to see a concerted effort by all parties to sit down and together come to an acceptable compromise.”