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Talks planned in Tesco drivers row

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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Former Tesco drivers strike plan

Lorry drivers working for Eddie Stobart have been meeting to finalise plans for a 2 day strike. The men, who formerly worked for Tesco at their distribution centre in Doncaster, say their new employers are putting almost two hundred jobs at risk of redundancy.

The haulage company say the changes to operations at the depot are necessary and the firm will do everything it can to find staff other jobs within the company. But the drivers say the alternatives are unnacceptable, and a 48 hour walkout will go ahead from Tuesday.

Talks over Tesco cuts

Jobs are under threat at the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster after Eddie Stobart took control Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Fresh talks are to be held over planned strikes at a Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster that could affect supplies to customers.

More than 180 drivers will strike for 48 hours next week, disrupting supplies across the region. The strike will start on Tuesday and will end on Thursday.

The strike follows an overwhelming vote in favour of industrial action, after the drivers’ new employers, Eddie Stobart Ltd issued 90-days’ notice of termination of employment last month.

Tesco drivers to stage 48 hour strike

Tesco distribution centre, Doncaster Credit: ITV Yorkshire

More than 180 drivers at the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster will strike for 48 hours next week, disrupting supplies to Tesco stories across the region. The strike will start at 00:05 on Tuesday, 9 October and will end at 00:05 on Thursday, 11 October.

The strike follows an overwhelming vote in favour of industrial action, after the drivers’ new employers, Eddie Stobart Ltd issued 90-days’ notice of termination of employment last month.

Unite regional officer, Harriet Eisner said: “Tesco has only itself to blame since it washed its hands of the drivers when it transferred them to Eddie Stobart in August. More strikes are on the cards until this dispute is resolved."_

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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.

Emergency meeting for Tesco lorry drivers

Almost two hundred lorry drivers who face being made redundant by trucking firm Eddie Stobart have held an emergency mass meeting.

The men, who work at the Tescos depot in Doncaster, recently had their contracts transferred to the transport company, who say the reorganisation is necessary. The drivers say they are worried about their future.

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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