Nearly 200 lorry drivers in Doncaster, striking over planned job cuts, say they'll now end the industrial action if they're offered a better redundancy package.
The workers blocked the gates of Tesco's distribution centre today in their long running dispute with haulage giant Eddie Stobart.
The row broke out in August after Tesco's decision to contract out delivery work. The strikers claim they've been offered new jobs across the country and on worse pay and conditions.
Lorry drivers working at a distribution centre in South Yorkshire are holding a demonstration in Doncaster in a bid to save 183 jobs.
They are involved in a dispute with their employer Eddie Stobart Ltd over plans to cut jobs and started continuous strike action on Thursday.
They will start the demonstration at the picket line outside a Tesco distribution centre, and then march into the centre of Doncaster.
Lorry drivers working at a distribution centre in South Yorkshire have gone on indefinite strike today in a bid to save 183 jobs.
Drivers staged a picket outside the distribution centre near Doncaster in a long-running dispute with haulage giant Eddie Stobart over plans to cut the jobs.
We have robust contingency plans in place to ensure that our customers and stores in the Doncaster area won’t be disrupted by the industrial action.”
– David Pickering, Eddie Stobart managing director
We’ve worked hard over the last 10 weeks with Unite, and more recently with ACAS, to come up with the best possible financial package for the drivers. Our proposal was a 50% increase in their statutory redundancy pay which would have seen them benefit from significant financial support so it’s disappointing to see them lose out. I’m sure they will feel let down by their representation from Unite. Had Unite concentrated on negotiations, rather than industrial action, then the drivers would be much better off financially.”
Eddie Stobart and Tesco also say they are confident that the strike will have no impact on deliveries to Tesco stores in the run up to Christmas.