Lorry drivers reject offer

More than 180 lorry drivers at a Tesco distribution centre in South Yorkshire have rejected an offer to settle a dispute over possible job losses.

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Talks planned in Tesco drivers row

Tesco distribution centre, Doncaster
Tesco distribution centre, Doncaster Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Talks aimed at averting fresh strikes by drivers at a Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster will be held this week.

About 180 members of Unite say they face losing their jobs after being transferred to new employers, Eddie Stobart Ltd, in August. They claim notices of termination of employment were issued soon afterwards, with no promise that they would be re-employed.

The drivers held a 48-hour strike last week and will take further action on Thursday and Friday unless the row is resolved.

David Pickering, Eddie Stobart managing director, said a commitment had been given for more than 120 alternative driving roles within the Stobart Group, while Tesco had offered an additional 90 warehousing jobs in the Yorkshire region.

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Video: Lorry drivers on strike

More than a hundred and eighty drivers at a Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster have started a forty-eight hour strike.

Unions say staff members, employed by Eddie Stobart Limited, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a row over possible job losses. The dispute is due to end on Thursday but it's thought food supplies to dozens of Tesco stores across the Calendar region will be affected.