Police chiefs' heads should roll over truckers' blockades15 September 2000
Senior police heads should roll for aiding and abetting the illegal blockades by truck drivers, a leading lawyer has demanded.
Tom Jones of Thompsons Solicitors, the UK's largest employment rights law firm, will make the call on the BBC 9 O'clock News tonight (15 September).
"The police and oil companies have been aiding and abetting breaches of criminal and civil law," Jones tells the BBC. "The police had numerous powers to break up the blockades. It is legally inexplicable why they have chosen to do nothing. The legal responsibility for this chaos lies at their door."
Jones is also accusing road haulage firms of paying truckers to blockade oil refineries.
"There is no way that large haulage companies would have allowed their drivers to breach their contracts by not working and do nothing about it. These drivers contracts require them to drive and if this had been an industrial dispute history shows that they would have demanded them to drive through dispute lines, yet the owners have sat on their hands."