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Second fuel strike looms

Date: 16 June 2008

A second four-day fuel strike will go ahead this Friday, 20 June, if tanker drivers are unable to reach a pay deal with their employers.

Three days into the first strike figures from the Petrol Retailers Association claimed 647 of the UK's 9000 filling stations had run out of both regular petrol and regular diesel. However, many of the 647 still had higher octane fuels, and equally many more filling stations were running low or had run out of either petrol or diesel, but not both.

Despite only Shell delivery drivers taking part in the strike, some other tanker drivers have refused to cross picket lines at refineries leading to shortages across the UK's forecourt network.

Although some filling stations will be able to re-stock ahead of the second strike, it is understood many will not - leading to even greater shortages in the next strike.