The Associated Press March 30, 2012, 06:09AM ET

British union rules out fuel-tanker driver strike

A union representing British fuel tanker drivers has ruled out the threat of strikes over Easter which had led to some panic-buying in parts of the country.

Unite, which represents around 2,000 tanker drivers, said Friday it retains the right to call a strike if talks due to start next week break down.

The move comes after the government had warned consumers to stock up at the pump ahead of any threatened strike, sending gasoline sales soaring as lines formed at gas stations.

In some parts of England the lines were so long that police ordered stations to close to ease congestion.

Britain's Petrol Retailers Association said that gasoline sales were up more than 170 percent on Thursday, while diesel sales were up almost 80 percent.

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