(Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)
The Prime Minister said today:
It is now clear that there will not be a strike before Easter and I’m sure the whole country will welcome that news. I think it’s vitally important that the trade union in question enters those talks on Monday constructively, and the most constructive thing they could do is call off the strike entirely and that would ease pressure in the system still further.
The Government will continue with its contingency plans. It’s absolutely vital that we take the necessary steps to keep the country safe in case there is a strike and I can tell people that the fuel companies are working flat-out to re-supply petrol stations. It is frustrating for people, I know, when petrol stations are closed and when there are queues, but everything that can be done is being done but it will take some time.