The Retail Motor Industry's Chairman, Brian Madderson has written in a letter to the Energy Secretary saying that petrol retailers have had their confidence "abruptly shaken", following the recent fuel crisis. Mr Madderson told Ed Davey:
Independent petrol retailers across the UK have had their confidence shaken by the Government's inability to manage the issue of a potential industrial dispute by Unite affiliated tanker drivers.
It is now very clear to the public and to the media that the Government created a crisis out of a concern, with some ill-conceived recommendations and complete lack of engagement with industry to prepare for possible strike action".
The conciliatory service Acas has announced that talks aimed at resolving the fuel tanker drivers' dispute will be held on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister's spokesman's notes 'don't make sense' - does the Government's advice?
Preparations are due to start today for talks to resolve the fuel tanker drivers' dispute which lead to panic petrol buying across the UK.