By Daniel Hunter

The government are making back-up plans in case a proposed fuel tanker drivers' strike goes ahead as planned.

Unite union are behind the proposed strike, claiming that there have been 'unrelenting attacks' on drivers' terms and conditions.

"For over a year we've been desperately trying to bring about some stability in the sector and urging government ministers to persuade contractors and oil companies to engage in meaningful discussions with us," Len McCluskey, Unite's general secretary, said.

One option being touted, if the strike happens, is to use army soldiers to drive the tankers to ensure there is minimal disruption.

"We are encouraging stocks to be built up so that the essential services don't get left short," Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude told Sky TV.

And we have asked the Ministry of Defence to start training a number of potential tanker crews so that we can do our very best to keep supplies going."

According to Unite, the strikes could go ahead as early as next month.

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