Fuel row is set to hit business

Queues of cars at Morrison's at Brampton waiting to refuel following a tanker arrival in the morning
Queues of cars at Morrison's at Brampton waiting to refuel following a tanker arrival in the morning
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A BUSINESS expert is concerned about the impact of a possible fuel strike upon struggling companies in the county.

Chief executive George Cowcher, of Derbyshire chamber of commerce, fears a strike would make it very difficult for businesses to continue receiving necessary goods to keep operating.

He said: “Firms are working hard to stay afloat and deliver growth and the last thing they need to contend with is a fuel strike which will make it difficult for them to access the goods they need to run their businesses.

“Staff won’t be able to get to work and smaller companies will be forced to shut down and lose takings.”

The Government has been accused of sparking panic fuel buying last week after urging people to fill up following news that fuel tanker drivers with the Unite union had voted to strike over safety standards and conditions.

Union members are in dispute with fuel companies and are expected to hold talks with conciliation service ACAS before taking action, but thousands still rushed to the pumps and service stations across the county ran out of fuel creating problems for businesses. Mr Cowcher added that too many UK jobs depended on sending goods to ports and overseas markets for a fuel dispute not to have a detrimental effect.

He also fears a strike may affect public services and force working parents who cannot get childcare to take time off and lose pay.