Around 600 drivers who deliver oil to Shell petrol stations across the country, are holding a four-day strike in a dispute over pay. The drivers working for two haulage companies on behalf of Shell wanted a ‘substantial pay rise’, but were offered less than what they wanted, so the strike went ahead.
Despite official claims, there was evidence that many stations had ran out of fuel as early as yesterday, as drivers panic buy in order to beat the strike. But the dispute could have a much wider effect, as the ongoing rows over high petrol taxes and the increasing cost of living reach a critical stage.
The major oil companies, despite releasing record profits, helped by rising prices and the government’s tax take, have declined to reduce the burden on the motorist. Surely they must take collective action to resolve the crisis if the situation at Shell is not to be repeated across the country.