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.
– 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.
NHS staff in Wakefield, Dewsbury and Pontefract are on strike over plans to cut jobs and pay.
Last month a ballot of 537 UNISON members announced support for taking industrial action. Despite talks with the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust plans to cut 70 clerical jobs and cut the pay of 275 other staff will go ahead.
– UNISON Regional Organiser Jim Bell
They are even threatening to use security staff to stop our members using the toilets.
This is not only childish, it could put pregnant women or people with medical conditions at risk.
It is a petty and provocative act by a naïve management who do not seem capable of treating their own staff decently and professionally.
The workers at risk, such as medical secretaries, have suffered a two year pay freeze and now face redundancy or a £2,000 pay cut.
– UNISON Regional Organiser Jim Bell
After we have taken the strike action on Thursday we will discuss with members how they want to escalate the action.
That will be a matter for discussion and agreement but I feel sure this strike will only be the start of what we are prepared to do to protect members' jobs and pay.
Workers at a Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster have gone on strike again today in a row over jobs. A group are also holding a protest in Westminster. More than 180 drivers face being made redundant after haulage giant Eddie Stobart took over the centre in the summer.
Today, Unite members walked out at the start of three days of strikes, which could cause disruption to Tesco deliveries across the region.
Drivers who face losing their jobs by Christmas, because of a contract buy-out by haulier firm Eddie Stobart, begin their three-day strike today.
The staff were previously employed by Tesco, and still carry out the same work, but since the takeover they've been handed notice of termination of employment.
Some workers are taking their protest to the Tesco Express store near the House of Parliament. About 30 drivers will be protesting outside Tesco in Westminster, in the hope of getting noticed by MPs.
Staff at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust hav voted in favour of strike action in protest over job and pay cuts.
More than 500 workers were balloted.
Unison will announce the date of strike action at the trust, which runs hospitals in Wakefield, Pontefract and Dewsbury, next week.