Drivers at a Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster have gone on strike
Lorry drivers at a Tesco distribution centre in South Yorkshire have rejected an offer to settle a dispute over possible job losses.
There will be no green bin collections for people living in Doncaster today. Refuse collectors who are part of the Unite union are striking.
Workers at dozens of Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) offices will stage a 24-hour strike today in a dispute over closures and job losses.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services union at 39 local and 10 enforcement offices in England, Scotland and Wales will take part in the industrial action.
The union is campaigning against planned office closures, including those at Leeds, Sheffield, Lincoln and Beverley, arguing it signals the end of a "highly prized" face-to-face service to motorists.
The union has delivered a 72,000 name petition opposing the closures, to the Department for Transport, saying it was the largest paper petition it had ever organised.
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.
Workers at recycling centres in Sheffield will go on an indefinite strike next month.
It's in a row over redundancies and reduced working hours. Union representatives have been meeting with the company that runs the centres, but despite talks with the arbitration service ACAS a deal to end the dispute has not been reached. The strike will begin on the 22nd of December.
Staff working at three hospitals in West Yorkshire are starting a three-day strike in a row over plans to cut jobs and pay.
NHS clerical workers, including medical secretaries, receptionists and clerks, are walking out.
UNISON Regional Organiser Jim Bell said members had been forced to take the action because the management of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is refusing to negotiate on their threat to jobs and pay.
– Jim Bell, UNISON regional organiser
On top of the threat to axe 70 jobs, our members are also faced with losing up to £2,700 in pay.
This is at a time when the Trust admits it has spent at least £3 million on private sector consultants.
The product of that vast expenditure was a recommendation to cut £600,000 from their annual budget.
That is why the management wants to inflict brutal cuts to jobs and pay.
Our members rightly think there is no need or justification for these cuts, especially when vast sums of public money are going straight into private consultants' pockets.
The strike will affect the day-to-day running of the hospitals, affecting activities like locating relevant files and administering appointments.
There will be pickets at the affected hospitals to by the workers.