Safeway stockpiles fuel to ensure key staff can work

An emergency scheme spearheaded by supermarket giant Safeway’s HR department will allow key employees to continue working in the event of another petrol crisis.

Safeway HR controller Maureen Hooper said the company was stockpiling petrol for its employees in case lorry drivers repeat their blockade of depots in protest at fuel prices.

Hooper led a specially convened fuel crisis committee to allow the company to continue running smoothly during the action in September.

The committee ensured staff identified as critical to the business could commute to work and encouraged employees to use public transport where possible by giving them special payments.

More details in Personnel Today, out tomorrow (7 November).

By Richard Staines

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