Soldiers to man tankers over strike

The Government is to call on Army servicemen and women to drive petrol tankers if industrial action goes ahead in April, it has been reported.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude revealed the plans for hundreds of soldiers as the Government awaits the results of a strike ballot by 2,000 Unite members.

Referring to the fuel delivery crisis of 12 years ago, Maude said ministers had "learnt the lessons" of the past.

It is thought the industrial action could be under way from April 3 if drivers vote to strike in the ballot.

Police officers will also be drafted in under the plans to keep Britain moving, with officers being asked to break up blockades.

The Government also called on employers such as DHL and BP to hammer things out with Unite to prevent the strike going ahead.

Copyright Press Association 2012