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Petrol tanker drivers strike

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Georgina

Georgina Report 12 Jun 2008 23:08

I am a trainee Lorry driver, depending on what lorry you drive there is a difference in earnings, all the friends that i have that are lorry drivers are miffed at the cost of fuel in most cases the cost to fill a lorry has doubled. I cant comment about that particular tanker driver but the drivers I know its soley about the fuel costs and the many that wont have jobs soon. I to have friends that are in the forces and they should be paid more for putting their lives on the line often for very or no recognition for the job they do but in the same token people need to stand up for what they believe is right and true not to be dictated to by goverments that are only interested in linning their own pockets.

pablo1513

pablo1513 Report 12 Jun 2008 22:46

Thank you Georgina
I am also a nurse, tha's why I was asking. I appreciate what the striking drivers are trying to do.

This country should be like the rest of Europe (we are still members arent we??) and have mass demonstrations against all of the stealth taxes that "Taxation Tony and his puppy Gormless Gordon" have pushed on us in the last ten years.

At least in commnunist countries the people there know that the government is screwing the whole country so your neighbour is no better of than you are.

Jessie aka Maddies mate

Jessie aka Maddies mate Report 12 Jun 2008 22:44

Their Union said on news at ten they get about 32k a year for a 48 hour week..............

Ryank

Ryank Report 12 Jun 2008 22:43

Hi i started this thread because i thought the strike was all about the rising fuel costs . That was until i heard a tanker driver giving a local radio reporter a hard time ,the other day stating that he and his fellow drivers deserved a better pay deal than what had been offered due to the fact of what the job entails . Nothing about the rising prices of fuel as does the news does also not mention the rising cost of fuel.
I like most people who have replied to the thread are not moaning about the increase in cost of fuel .
I think its all about the refusal of the pay increase that has been proposed and rejected, compared to what the professional services and Forces are getting.

Keith R

Georgina

Georgina Report 12 Jun 2008 22:37

yes I would support the nurses if they went on strike my husband was a nurse but had to leave because of the money.
But most lorry drivers do not earn that much money because of the amount of legislation to do with working and driving time. But I do support them as I would any other proffestion that deserves better.
But most of the problem is that people in this country winge and whine and do nothing to stop the goverment introducing stelth taxes. Well it is time it stopped, average people including drivers etc cant afford what is happening here. so instead of condeming them support them.

Muffyxx

Muffyxx Report 12 Jun 2008 22:29

Didn't see so much fuss when the MP's took a way beyond inflation pay rise.

It's not about what you do ........ it's about whether or not you are prepared to make a stand for what YOU think you are worth....

and yes in years gone by people took the pee out of that.....but with all these stealth taxes imposed on us in recent years you can't blame anyone for digging their heals in surely? xx

pablo1513

pablo1513 Report 12 Jun 2008 22:27

Georgina would you support the nurses etc if they went on strike?

Georgina

Georgina Report 12 Jun 2008 22:25

Its not about the troops who do get paid a pittance and the nhs staff who to be fair have saved my childs life enough times, but lets get back to the point. The point is if the price of diesel keeps going up it affects everyone, because the price of everything else rises. The price it costs in delivering to a supermarket is passed onto the customer. So if the price doubles it is pushed over to the customer. So hats off to all lorry drivers making a stand. It's a shame others don't follow suit instead of moaning.

Jessie aka Maddies mate

Jessie aka Maddies mate Report 12 Jun 2008 22:14

They deliever for Shell, Shell contracted out to two companies a few years back.............the drivers drive for these companies who in turn are paid by Shell...............at least that is how it was told on news at ten

pablo1513

pablo1513 Report 12 Jun 2008 22:05

Yes driving a petrol tanker is dangerous, nobody said it wasnt, but my point was the troops in conflict zones get paid a pittance in comparrison to them

Georgina

Georgina Report 12 Jun 2008 22:03

It is only the shell drivers that are going on strike, it isnt all about the money. Alot of the protests are about the price of diesel which lets be fair is affecting everyone.

And driving a petrol tanker is dangerous you have to qualify to be able to drive them.

Ryank

Ryank Report 12 Jun 2008 21:30

As Said my wife is a midwife she has to put up with physical and verbal abuse as do lots of professionals in the NHS .and Services. My brother goes out each day not knowing what he has to deal with.
Driving a tanker full of petrol may be dangerous but it certainly must be just as dangerous when you fill your car up .

Keith R

Cumbrian Caz~**~

Cumbrian Caz~**~ Report 12 Jun 2008 21:21

I agree keith,


When my OH served in Iraq, as a SARGEANT ! he was on £29,000. the poor young lads who risk their lives are on much, much less,


Caz xxx

pablo1513

pablo1513 Report 12 Jun 2008 21:18

Re the striking tanker drivers how would they like the following to go on strike:
Doctors
Nurses
Ambulance crews
Police officers
Fire fighters
Armed forces

Would they support us?????
I very much doubt it

I do not an will not support thier actions.
£39000 for driving a tanker around in the UK where our servicer personnnell are getting a pittance.

Give me a break and get back to work the bunch of slackers

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 12 Jun 2008 21:16

that's always a problem - one flake of snow in winter and everyone dashes to the supermarket and buys more than they could use in 6 months - as you say Errol, peabrains, but sadly it'll never change

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 12 Jun 2008 21:08

Fair play.
My concern is that people with peabrains will panic buy now.
It is never the strikes or perceived shortages that cause the problem, it is the people who cannot see past the ends of their noses and have to stock up for the next six months!

Ryank

Ryank Report 12 Jun 2008 21:04

Sorry no
Keith R

yorkshire pud

yorkshire pud Report 12 Jun 2008 21:02

hi. r u Keith H. /

Brenda from Wales

Brenda from Wales Report 12 Jun 2008 20:59

My OH is a retired police officer,and thinks that they want too much.The police cannot strike and as they only got a 1.9% increase it is a disgrace,as their job is all hours and risky deserves more.
Incidentally,we were talking to friends of ours in Southern Spain yesterday and their supermarket shelves are empty of most things,in fact he likened it to Zimbabwe,not a vegetable,or piece of meat,only a few measly sausages in the freezer as the strikes there have been disastrous.Hope it doesn't come to that here,although they say it will only affect one in ten garages for fuel.It does make me wonder if we will be affected by goods coming from Spain,as our friend said the fruit was rotting on the trees and things including milk have had to be poured away.
Thank goodness for my store cupboard and freezers if this is what we can expect.Good job it is the growing season here.

Muffyxx

Muffyxx Report 12 Jun 2008 20:58

I know what you're saying Keith. We'd snap an employers hand off for that sort of increase too ........but sometimes it's about more than money. xx