Petrol Strike

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    feckit 4x4 Cruncher VIP Member

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    So the Unite Union has got the required % to call a strike.
    Looks like the strike over deliveries will be on the Easter Weekend.
    How long before we see panic buying & forecourts running dry?
    Will it effect you & how you get to work if it does?
     
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    bootneck02 VIP Member

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    If you can afford a tank of petrol:mad:and my wife is working 20 miles away in Ashford that weekend.
     
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    49 litres of dirty diesel just cost me £79 :blush:
     
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    A shade under 1.40 here now for petrol. I don't fill up simply because of pennies and weight and petrol cost ratio.

    I only use my car to get my son at weekends and maybe a few miles in between. If it continues too rise I don't get to see my son. 2x two return trips each 45ish each way. Just short of 180mile every weekend to see a smile and hear the words daddy. Worth every penny!

    Something needs to be done however
     
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    Just paid £1.449 per litre for diesel. :(

    Don't think there will be much sympathy fot the drivers. I read that they are on £45,000 a year before any overtime.

    The country being held to ransom by higher rate taxpayers? The public won't stand for it. :mad:
     
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    The ridiculously high price of fuel is to blame here, yes the drivers are wrong to vote for strike action but at the end of the day are just trying to protect there own way of life..

    The government MP's are quick to diss any action and described the
    vote as very disappointing news for hard-working families and
    businesses...but shed no tears over the COST of fuel to these same families and businesses.

    Yet the fatcats and cityworkers carry on getting bonuses worth tens of thousands a year and no one bats an eyelid, but the average blue collar worker stands up for what he believes in and gets bandied around like a criminal, yes they are on good wages but its also health and safety on these tankers that is being overlooked..
    Anyone who's driven a HGV for a living will know the hard work and long hours put in to earn a crust, my father drove HGV's all his life and regularly worked 16 hour days and was away from home half the time due to all the hours and long driving trips up and down the country.

    This is just a smokescreen to take the heat off the government over the stupid price of fuel at this time hitting £1.40 a litre, when we all know that 70% of that is tax and shouldn't be there!
     
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    I think the strikes are over work conditions and safety, not salaries...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17512729
     
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    Now we would not be in this state if Maggie and her good old Tory chums had not sold of all of our North Sea Oil.

    Of course when toll roads are introduced you will not need to worry about fuel prices. :cool:
     
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    floppybootstomp sugar 'n spikes Moderator

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    Wot Crazylegs said :thumb:

    Myself, I couldn't give a monkeys cos I ain't had a car since early January :D

    But, but.... I do hire a car occasionally. Bugger.
     
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    feckit 4x4 Cruncher VIP Member

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    on the way home from friends local petrol station had not had it's daily delivery.
    but locals took this to be that the fuel was running out & people were panic buying.
    hence the nearest bp had long queues from people who thought their were shortages.
    in the next town they could not work out what was wrong.
    seems the fuel deliveries are being upped as people will panic buy = more profit.
    so the threat of a strike just sells more fuel & more tax for the taxman.

    no winners in this apart from the fuel companies & the tax man!
     
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    feckit 4x4 Cruncher VIP Member

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    Due to panic buying:
    A poll by RMI Petrol, representing independent retailers, recorded petrol sales up 81% and diesel up 43% on Wednesday.

    Rises of 45% for petrol and 20% for diesel had been reported on Tuesday amid talk of a strike.

    So more tax for the taxman!

    Data from the bbc.
     
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    To me it seems as though the delivery companies are trying to cut the tanker drivers wages any way they can. And one way is to fragment the industry so the drivers chase around for jobs and cutting the price they charge to deliver a tanker load. What do you bet that sooner or later Eastern European drivers turn up and under cut even more? In this country now all that the unions have fought for over the years is being under mined slowly,slowly. And it`s just what the Tories and employers love-------cheap labour.
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    :mad:You bet ya:wall:
     
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    Stupidity knows no bounds......

    I have absolutely no sympathy for this silly cow, how stupid do you need to be!?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-17560534
     
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    feckit 4x4 Cruncher VIP Member

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    Sadly some people have no idea how dangerous fuel & fumes are.
    Doing it inside & in a kitchen was & is so stupid.
    Lets hope the woman gets the care & help that she needs to recover.

    Union states strikes off over Easter, but still panic buying at the pumps!
     
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    Re: Kitchen shenanigans:

    A lack of knowledge and understanding can be a dangerous thing. 40% burns ain't funny, regardless of IQ. Did the victim possess malice? Was she trying to be helpful?

    I for one hope she makes a recovery and carries on living a normal life.
     
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    Fair enough, burns aint good.

    But, Why the **** was she storing petrol in some random container?
    Why was she decanting it into a glass jug!?
    and most importantly, why was she hoarding it in the first place!?

     
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    Lets hope she makes a full recovery and reads THIS before the next time she decides to stroe petrol at home.
     
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    I do not know what people are getting their knickers in a twist about as the union will have to give a weeks (7 days) notice about industrial action. I think the government has caused the panic with the comments made by politicians and the press have not helped. As negotiations between management and the unions are still on going and will carried out with the help of ACAS. My guess is that it will go to the wire but a formular that both sides will be able to agree, especialy this dispute is not about money but Health and Safety and training.
     
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    floppybootstomp sugar 'n spikes Moderator

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    I do know where you're coming from, believe me, the likes of you and I just cannot believe anybody could be so stupid but some folk really don't know a lot of the basics of life, they really don't.

    Maybe this is where an education comes in handy and we learn the workings of the internal combustion engine and note that a mixture of petrol fumes and air is used to make the explosion.

    To decant petrol next to a lit stove is somewhat akin to relieving oneself on the live rail.

    But I don't think the soppy cow deserves scorn but rather sympathy, is all.
     
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