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Tesco fights to open supermarket in Holmfirth

Controversial plans for a new Tesco store in Holmfirth have gone to a public inquiry.

The development on land outside the town, which was made famous by the sitcom Last of the Summer Wine, was refused planning permission by Kirklees Council last year.

They said the impact on local roads was too great - and a supermarket in nearby Honley was a better solution. Tesco is now appealing against the decision - which has split the community.

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Three Tesco distribution centres to close

Tesco are closing the following distribution centres:

  • Weybridge in Surrey which employs approximately 650 staff
  • Harlow in Essex which employs approximately 800 staff
  • Chesterfield in Derbyshire which employs approximately 400 staff

In addition Magor, in Monmouthshire, will reduce by approximately 150 staff and Welham Green, in Hertfordshire, by 70.

Tesco said staff would be offered alternative roles at other Tesco sites, including two new distribution centres at Reading and Dagenham where approximately 2,000 jobs will be created.


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Tesco apologises for horsemeat found in beef burgers

Tim Smith, group technical director of Tesco has apologised to customers after beef burgers sold at the supermarket were found to contain horse meat.

He said that there is no way to know until investigations have been completed how this could have happened. He added "there are only two ways that this could happen, one of them involves illegality by suppliers or the suppliers of those suppliers or gross negligence."

Tesco no-go area

Supermarket giants Tesco has said Gleadless valley in Sheffield is a no-go area for its home delivery service. Residents are outraged at the decision, but the company says their drivers have been threatened and had stones thrown at them while making deliveries. Martin Fisher reports

Tesco drivers block gates of Doncaster distribution centre

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.


Tesco drivers at risk of losing jobs hold talks

The union representing Tesco drivers at risk of losing their jobs is holding talks today to resolve the dispute.

180 drivers based in Doncaster face being out of work by Christmas after Eddie Stobart Limited became their new employer and issued them a termination of employment notice. The workers have already held strikes and demonstrated in Westminster.

Representatives from the firm and Unite the union are trying to resolve the situation after bringing in conciliation service Acas.

Tesco drivers take their protest to Westminster

Tesco drivers take their protest to Westminster

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.

3 day walk-out begins

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.

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