Tesco drivers dispute

Tesco drivers at a distribution centre in Doncaster are in a dispute with Eddie Stobart Ltd after the company issued a notice of termination of employment.

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Tesco drivers to strike

More than 150 drivers at the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster have voted for strike action.

It follows a 90-days notice of termination of employment by their new employers, Eddie Stobart Ltd (ESL).

The drivers, who are members of Unite, voted by more than 90% to take strike action and also industrial action short of a strike.

Unite regional officer, Harriet Eisner, said drivers will decide in the next couple of days on what action to take and when.

Harriet Eisner said:

The full impact of ESL’s decision is now sinking in that they won’t have a job by Christmas. They are shocked, angry and devastated, as what they feared would occur when the transfer took place has happened so quickly and ruthlessly.

Unite is still in talks with ESL, but the management remains intransigent that it wants to get rid of the drivers. Unite will be mobilising support in the Doncaster community to spearhead the campaign to save these jobs.

Unite had campaigned for these jobs to be safeguarded once the TUPE (Transfer of Undertaking [Protection of Employment] arrangements) came into force at the beginning of August.

Tesco must hang its head in shame for what has happened. Tesco has washed its hands of their drivers. Tesco makes great play of being a good corporate citizen – this has been shown to be a PR mockery.

– Harriet Eisner, Unite

Possible strike action by Tesco drivers

Distribution centre in Doncaster Credit: Calendar

A ballot for possible strike action by Tesco drivers in South Yorkshire ends today.

A walk out by nearly 200 drivers is possible at the supermarket giant's distribution centre in Doncaster. It is after they were given 90-day notice of termination of employment by their new employers, Eddie Stobart Ltd.


Strike threat by Doncaster Tesco drivers

Strike action by nearly 200 drivers is on the cards at the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster, after 90-day termination notices were given out by their new employers, Eddie Stobart (ESL). Unite condemned the haulage giant as being “vicious, greedy and hypocritical".

Last month, the transport workforce was transferred from Tesco to ESL and yesterday the new employers issued the notices. Now the drivers, members of Unite, are being balloted on strike and industrial action. The ballot closes on September 12.

Unfortunately, we thought this is the action that ESL would take. The scale of the job losses will be grim news for Doncaster – a town already badly hit by the government-induced recession._ _ESL has acted in a vicious and greedy fashion. It is also hypocritical as one reason put forward for this action is to cut CO2 emissions – but now it will be using depots 30 miles away to service the Tesco distribution set-up in Doncaster – so where is the ‘green’ bonus in that?

– Matt Draper, Unite national officer
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