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    ohec wrote:
    southy wrote:
    Lone Ranger. wrote:
    southy wrote:
    The arm forces should not be used to break any strike
    A desperate Tory led government using desperate tactics
    Tell me about it, its about time the arm forces said no to any government that wants to use them as political prawns, they are not there to sort out any government fallings.

    Theres a TUSK meeting tomorrow night in the old JB pub, come along if your interested and that go's for any body.
    We pay their wages so i expect them to do whatever they are asked to do, they promise to serve the country and that is what i expect, if any member of the armed forces objects then they should be dishonourably discharged.
    You sir/madam are talking total b0llocks, you obviously no very little about serving your country or dishonourable discharges, any service man or women will do exactly as they are ordered to do, the rationale or reason for doing it is not questionable.

    You also pay the police, fire service, ambulance service, doctors and nurses should they be made to drive petrol tankers?

    Do not ever question the loyalty of our armed forces, a very silly comment posted by yourself."
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Soldiers on standby in fuel tanker strike threat to Hythe and Hamble terminals

Soldiers on standby in fuel tanker strike threat to Hythe and Hamble terminals

Soldiers on standby in fuel tanker strike threat to Hythe and Hamble terminals

First published in Southampton Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

HUNDREDS of soldiers are being lined up to ensure fuel deliveries from Hamble and Hythe don’t grind to a halt from a strike threatened by petrol tanker drivers next month.

The results of a ballot of 2,000 tanker drivers, who account for 90 per cent of those delivering fuel to petrol forecourts, are expected today and a strike could begin from April 3. But contingency plans are in place that could see soldiers being drafted in to drive tankers and police preventing blockades.

The Unite union has warned a strike of tanker drivers could hit petrol supplies at supermarkets, garages and airports across the country.

Industrial action could affect supplies from the Esso Hythe terminal near Hardley and BP fuel terminal at Hamble.

Neither firm would comment ahead of today’s announcement.

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.

“The general public should not and must not suffer from this dispute and strike action is manifestly not the answer,” he said. “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.”

Unite said its members working for seven major fuel distribution firms will be balloted.

Mr Maude appealed to the union and employers, including DHL and BP, to come to an agreement that averts industrial action.

Unite said there had been “unrelenting attacks”on drivers’ terms and conditions, adding that it had been trying to establish a forum to agree industry-wide best practice on issues such as safety and training.

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