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UK army, police on standby to deliver petrol over 'likely' tanker strike

London, Sun, 25 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 25(ANI): The UK Army and police are on standby to ensure fuel deliveries do not come to a halt due to a proposed tanker strike.

UK 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.

He called on the union and employers, including DHL and British Petroleum, to reach an agreement that averts industrial action.

""Widespread strike action affecting fuel supply at our supermarkets, garages and airports could cause disruption across the country. The general public should not and must not suffer from this dispute and strike action is manifestly not the answer," The Guardian quoted Maude, as saying.

"Although we are pushing for an agreement, we have learnt the lessons of the past and stand ready to act to minimise disruption to motorists, to industry and, in particular, to our emergency services, in the event of a strike," he added.

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

Unite had earlier announced that it would ballot members working for seven major fuel distribution firms on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action.

The union warned that strikes could hit petrol supplies at supermarkets, garages and airports across the country. (ANI)

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