Strike action threatens fuel supply to motorists

Published 25/02/2013 00:00:00 in Press Releases

The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA), the trade association representing independent forecourt retailers in the UK, is concerned by the news that Tanker drivers at Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland are threatening to strike.

Unite said its members at the Forth estuary facility will walk out for three days from Friday morning in a dispute over pensions and pay. A second four-day strike will be staged from Thursday next week unless the dispute is settled, with an additional work to rule by all 40 drivers expected to start on Monday.

Brian Madderson, PRA Chairman, said “Following the fuels crisis in March 2012 the PRA has been working closely with Government to consider emergency supply arrangements should problems, such as industrial disputes, impact on the flow of fuel to forecourts.

“Whilst some steps have been taken, the Government have failed to comprehend that with 5000 fewer forecourts since September 2000 and with all independent forecourts holding minimum stock due to high costs from tax and product prices, the UK’s fuel resilience has never been so low.  

“A meeting with John Hayes MP, Energy Minister, has been arranged for later this month to urgently discuss practical solutions to help improve the countries energy resilience. The change of excise duty point from the loading terminal to the forecourt pump is absolutely critical to these steps.

“In the mean time PRA will closely monitor the situation in Scotland and North East England for any fuel or forecourt outages due to the current dispute.”

A spokesperson from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has informed the PRA that the industry has been working to ensure that there is a good level of fuel supplies at forecourts in preparation for the current strike and therefore motorists should therefore buy fuel as normal.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Keely Scanlan, Press Officer

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Press Office fax: 020 7307 3406

Web: www.rmif.co.uk       Email: keely.scanlan@rmif.co.uk

The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses.  The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.

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