MP hopes fuel strike can be averted

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.

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.”